LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday granted protective bail to another accused, Special Branch Punjab chief Col (r) Ehsanur Rehman, involved in a case of issuing false intelligence report about murder plot of LHC former Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif.

The court granted the bail until Aug 30 and directed the petitioner-accused to approach the trial court for confirmation of the bail.

Earlier in this case, the court had already granted protective bails to former principal secretary to chief minister Punjab, Tauqir Shah, former staff officer Talha Burki, Special Branch Punjab Director Shahid Mahmood, and two other personnel Muhammad Azam and Ijaz Ahmad.

Federal Investigation Agency had registered the FIR against them on charges of issuing a false intelligence report on murder plot of former LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif.

The agency accused them of hatching a conspiracy by managing issuance of a false intelligence report about the murder plot in a bid to create differences among the federal government, provincial government and judiciary.

The accused Rehman through his counsel submitted that he had no role in the alleged conspiracy. He said the FIA implicated him in the case to serve the ulterior motives of PPP-led federal government. He prayed that protective bail be granted him and the FIA be restrained from arresting him.

BAIL TO L&DD OFFICERS: An Anti-Corruption Special Judge Khalid Rasheed on Wednesday granted post-arrest bail to the 10 Livestock and Dairy Development (L&DD) officers, including Director General Dr Irfan Zahid, allegedly involved in embezzling Rs478 million.

The court, however, cancelled the bail plea of Idara-e-Kisan Chief Operating Officer Ameeruddin Bokhari and Muzaffargarh District Livestock Officer (DLO) Dr Saeed. The court also ordered to deposit two surety bonds amounting to Rs70,000 each against the bail of the L&DD director general. Dr Irfan Zahid, Ameeruddin Bokhari and other arrested officers had filed a petition for granting of bail.

According to case details, the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) had accused L&DD director general and 12 others of embezzling Rs478 million. After preliminary inquiry, the ACE booked Dr Irfan Zahid; Director (Sheep and Goat Farming) Dr Mansoor Ahmed; Dr Abdul Rauf; Ameeruddin Bokhari; and DLOs of Layyah, Jhang, Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan along with other officials of the department.

However, the court granted bail to 10 accused except Doctor Ameer Uddin and Doctor Saeed since the ACE could not establish any link of the accused with the misappropriation of funds.

CASE AGAINST PWD EMPLOYEES: An Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday directed police to submit by August 28 the challan against 17 nominated accused employees of the Population Welfare Department allegedly involved in attack on Civil Secretariat and killing a Special Branch constable.

As per case details, on May 15, Population Welfare Department employees from across the province staged a protest demonstration outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat for more than three hours. Women protestors broke barricades and entered the secretariat and then they motivated men-protestors to enter the boundary and vandalise the building.

A Special Branch constable was killed and another injured in the stampede after hundreds of protesters broke the main gate, and attacked policemen with stones and sticks. A case under sections 302, 324, 147, 149, 186, 331, 353 and 440 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 16-Maintenance of Public Order and 7-Anti-Terrorism Act was registered against 2,500 protesters and 17 of them were nominated on the complaint of Secretariat’s estate officer.

Bail GRANTED: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday granted post-arrest bail to five employees of the Population Welfare Department (PWD) allegedly involved in vandalising state property.

Bench comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali and Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu directed accused Waseem Dar, Imran, Usman, Akram and Abid to furnish surety bond of Rs100,000 each to secure their release.

According to the details, the PWD employees had staged a protest demonstration outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat in May. The protesters allegedly breaking barricades entered the secretariat and vandalised the building. The police had arrested 172 employees, of which 166 were later released.