LAHORE - Mumtaz Sindhi, a suspect involved in attacking participants of a candle vigil held on 5th death anniversary of Punjab’s slain governor Salman Taseer on Jan 4 at Liberty Chowk, has been set free on bail.

A two judge bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq granted him bail and directed him to furnish two bail bonds of Rs200,000 each for the release.

Advocate Arif Awan, the petitioner’s counsel, contended before the bench that the police had no direct evidence against his client to establish his role in the attack. He stated the trial court acquitted some of the co-suspects on the same ground. Therefore, he pleaded the bench to release his client on bail.

A public prosecutor opposed the bail plea saying that challan had been submitted against the suspect/petitioner and the trial court had also indicted him. He stated the suspect was identified through video of the attack. He said release of the suspect on bail would affect the proceedings before the trial court. The bench, however, granted bail the suspect against furnishing of bail bonds.

On January 4, 2015, more than a dozen people attacked the participants of the candlelight vigil held at the Liberty Chowk in Lahore to mark the death anniversary of Salman Taseer. The attackers thrashed the participants and the organizers of the vigil and tore posters and pictures displayed at the venue.