LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday allowed the counsel of model Ayyan Ali to convert her appeal into criminal revision. She is accused of smuggling $508,000 from Rawalpindi airport.

Tribunal comprising Justice Abdul sami Khan asked the counsel to file revision petition instead of appeal. On it, Advocate Khurram Latif Khosa pleaded the court to allow him to convert his appeal into criminal revision. The court accepted his plea and allowed him to cover the appeal into criminal revision.

He pleaded the court that the defence could not produce the necessary documents before the indictment, which amounted to unfair treatment. He also alleged that the prosecution submitted forged documents before the trial court for the indictment of the petitioner. Therefore, he pleaded the court to acquit his client from the smuggling case.

On March 14, Customs officials arrested Ayyan Ali from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad after $508,000 was recovered from her luggage.

MEERA CASE: A magistrate of Cantonment Courts stopped media from coverage of the proceedings of a private complaint filed by Attiq-ur-Rehman, man said to be the husband of actress Meera.

Magistrate Mudassar Farid Khokhar ordered reporters of newspapers and television channels to leave the courtroom and asked them to perform their duties outside. He said media had no right to cover it, though, the proceedings were not in-camera.

The magistrate, however, allowed the counsel of Meera’s plea in which he had said that her client was in Karachi and could not come to Lahore due to flight’s delay.

He requested the court to exempt her from appearance for once. The magistrate, however, directed her to appear in the court on the next hearing. Khosa also challenged the proceedings on the private complaint. He said the matter was of civil nature and criminal proceedings could not be held on it. The magistrate sought reply from the petitioner-Rehman on the Meera’s application.

Meanwhile, the court initiated process for declaring Captain Naveed, husband of Meera, as absconder for not appearing before the court despite repeated notices. He adjourned further hearing until Jan 23.

Rehman had alleged that Meera wedded with Captain Naveed without dissolution of her previous marriage. He said that she was still living in his house in DHA. By doing so, Meera had committed a crime, he said. He requested the court to direct police to action against her by registering an FIR against her.