KARACHI - Anti Terrorist Court-III (ATC) Judge Anand Ram Hothwani on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to four accused involved in kidnapping for ransom and imposed fine of Rs0.1 million to each accused. In case of non-payment, they would undergo further six months of imprisonment. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Mubasher Ahmed Mirza proved the involvement of the accused who were declared guilty by the court. According to the prosecution, the guiltier including Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar, Abdul Ghafoor and Mohammad Asif kidnapped Mohammad Naeem, a property dealer and also owned an ice cream company, on August 24, 2006. Later, they made a telephone call to his family and demanded US$3.3 million as ransom. While after negotiation with the accused, the victims family had paid Rs0.2 million for his ransom after 17 days. Whereas, the police, on Naeems suspicion, arrested Ramzan. Later after investigation from him, the police had conducted raid and arrested his other three accomplices. Meanwhile, ATC-I Judge Syed Hussain Shah Bukhari acquitted three accused from kidnapping for ransom case, when the complainant and witness refused to recognised them. The accused including Faheem Hussain, Afzal Ali and Atif Abbas were not recognised by the complainant Qurban Ali and eyewitness Nazir Ahmed when they were produced before the court for identification. M Khan Buriro was the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) of the case. According to the IO, the accused persons were arrested by the CID police from Lyari. They were allegedly involved in kidnapping Mehboob Ali from Gulshan-e-Humair within the jurisdiction of Malir Cantt police station for ransom. They demanded Rs2.2 million as ransom and his family paid the money for his release. Later, the accused were arrested from Lyari. Moreover, a single bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notice to the higher officials of Income Tax seeking explanation over issuing notices to National Commodity Exchange Limited (NCEL) and Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) for tax till June 3. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah conducted the hearing over the suit filed by KSE and NCEL, Munir A Malik advocate and Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed were counselling for NCEL, while Ejaz Ahmed advocate appeared on behalf of KSE. The court has directed the Income Tax authorities not to take any further step till further directives of the court. Both the plaintiffs submitted that on November 2, 2008, the Income Tax department sent notices to them for paying income taxes, in which they raised objections for the miscalculation in the tax. They had moved to the tribunal against the said notice. They maintained that when the matter was pending on tribunal, the said department again in April 2008, sent another notice for the payment of tax. Whereas, the last notice they received was, from the said department, on May 23 and the deadline for paying the tax was May 28. They further submitted that the Income Tax officials have also reached the banks where they have bank accounts, but the bank officials refused them for withdrawing any cash from their accounts.