LAHORE– Police sources said on Wednesday that Ali Imran, the son-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, had been arrested under section 109 and was being interrogated in connection with the torture case.

Imran reached the Defence-B Police Station on Wednesday to get his statement recorded. He parked his vehicle outside the police station and walked into the room of the investigation officer. The accused person appeared before the investigation officer and got his statement recorded. The accused was present inside the police station until the filing of this report.

Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif directed the administration to include his son-in-law, Imran Ali, in the investigation of the bakery case in Defence. In his directive to the IGP, the chief minister said that he had been a strong believer in the rule of law throughout his life as well as in his capacity as chief minister, since he considers himself answerable to Allah Almighty and the people of the province.

“It is an article of his faith that no one is above the law, even if he is related to the ruler of the province,” said Shahbaz, adding that demands of justice and equality must be fulfilled in this case at all costs.

It may be recalled that on October 7, a bakery employee was thrashed in Defence allegedly by the guards of Imran when his wife was denied purchase of some bakery item because of the shop’s closure. The scene of thrashing was captured by the CCTV in light of which a case was registered against eight Elite Force personnel. Shahbaz was on a visit abroad at that time.

Meanwhile, Judicial Magistrate Sikandar Javed granted after-arrest bails to seven Elite Police Force officials and an alleged bodyguard of the chief minister’s son-in law against security bonds of Rs40,000 each for being allegedly involved in the thrashing of a bakery employee in Defence.

Zafar Hussain, the bodyguard, Muhammad Riaz, Yousaf, Mohsin, Maqsood, Fareed, Nawab Din and Khalil Ahmed were awarded bails. The aforesaid petitioners contended before the court that their offence was bail-able and they might be granted bails.

According to case details, an FIR was got registered by Umar Hussain, the owner of the bakery under Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) sections 148, 149 and 506. The owner stated that on October 7, a woman came to the bakery and asked for a cake.  However, employees refused to entertain her saying that shop was closed for cleaning and asked her to visit later. On this, two bodyguards of that lady maltreated one of his employees Irfan and extended life threats.

The FIR further stated that on the same day, the guards visited the bakery along with another person, identified the worker and escorted him outside the shop. Six to seven Elite Force Officials were already there and they started thrashing Irfan and threatened him of dire consequences.