LAHORE – Cantt Court Judicial Magistrate Yalmas Ghani on Friday granted bail to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s son-in-law Ali Imran, who got involved in torturing a bakery employee.

Imran was produced before the court amid tight security. The counsel of the accused submitted that his client was innocent and had nothing to do with the incident. He said the people who tortured the bakery employee were working for his client but he had not given any directions in this regard.

The counsel said his client had been nominated in an offence which was bailable and ready to cooperate with the course of investigation. The counsel further argued that Imran personally went to the police station to record his statement.

After hearing the arguments, the court granted bail to Ali Imran on submission of surety bonds of Rs 50,000.

The Defence police had arrested Imran under section 109 of the PPC after recording supplementary statements of other eight accused including Zafar Hussain (alleged bodyguard of Chief Minister’s son-in-law) and Elite Force officials including Riaz, Yousaf, Mohsin, Maqsood, Farid, Nawab and Khalil Ahmed.

According to case details, the police booked Imran on complaint by bakery owner Umar Hussain who blamed him for torturing the bakeshop staff. The bakery owner stated that a woman, said to be the daughter of Punjab chief minister, came to the bakery and asked for a cake on October 7.