Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani heard the case and had a heated discussion with the couple’s lawyer Arbab Alam Abbasi and issued an arrest warrant for his non-appearance despite the victim’s summons.
The court also ordered the SSP operation to produce the affected couple before the court.
The couple’s lawyer had pleaded in court that they were out of town and it would take them three hours to reach the court, however, adjourned the hearing till January 19 and ordered them to be produced.
Earlier, when the Islamabad District and Sessions Court began hearing the case of beating of a couple in Sector E-11, the accused Usman Mirza, Farhan, Ata-ur-Rehman, Idris Qayyum, Mohib Khan, Rehan and Umar Bilal were produced before the court. has been.
During the hearing, Prosecutor Rana Hassan Abbas and lawyer of the victim couple Arbab Alam Abbasi appeared in the court and on this occasion a heated exchange took place between the victim couple and the judge.
The lawyer of the victim couple said that it seems to me that you are becoming personal with me. I made a mistake by giving the power of attorney. If you say so, I will withdraw the power of attorney.
Lawyer Arbab Alam Abbasi while pleading said that my son and daughter have been contacted, they are out of town, give the date and I will present it at the next hearing.
He said that my first experience is appearing in this type of case, the court did not make it too strict, you have to issue a warrant.
The judge said that he would issue an arrest warrant and write to the SSP to present the victim boy and girl.
Addressing the lawyer, the judge had said that your request has been received, I will call the affected couple for court proceedings, to which the lawyer again pleaded and said that I am appealing, I will bring it at the next date.
“You are accusing me of acting in a different way, we respect the courts, we are respectable people and it is our job to plead,” said lawyer Arbab.
The judge said, “I expect them to come. Thank you very much for your request. I will issue the order.”
The lawyer assured the court that the couple would be produced within an hour and a half, after which the hearing was adjourned.
After the break, lawyer Arbab Abbasi pleaded with the court that the victim boy and girl were out of town and it would take three hours to reach the court.
Judge Ata Rabbani adjourned the case till January 19 and later issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the victim couple and directed the SSP to produce the victim couple.
It may be recalled that in the last hearing in the District and Sessions Court of Islamabad in the case of harassment of the couple, the victim girl had deviated from her statement and said that she did not want to pursue the case.
The victim told the court that the police kept putting their signatures and thumbprints on plain papers at different times. “I do not know any of the accused and I do not want to pursue the case.”
“I did not pay any ransom to anyone and no accused tried to abuse them,” he said.
Pointing to the accused Rehan, he said that he and other accused were shown to me in the police station. No accused including Rehan tried to abuse him.
The court had adjourned the hearing till January 18 for further questioning of the lawyers on the victim’s statement.
Background of Usman Mirza case
In early July 2021, Islamabad police arrested four suspects after a video of a woman and a man being tortured and stripped naked went viral on social media.
The FIR lodged by the police on July 6 stated that the incident took place in a building in Sector E-11/2 within the limits of Golra police station, the case of which was registered on the complaint of the sub-inspector.
The case was registered under Section 354-A (assault or criminal rape with intent to rape a woman) of Pakistan, Section 506 (criminal punishment for intimidation), Section 341 (punishment for resistance) and Section 509 (sexual harassment). has been.
Officials said several similar videos were recovered from the suspects’ mobile phones and they were being examined to identify those who had been abused.
He said that the initial investigation and the videos obtained from the mobile phone showed that this was not the first incident in the area.
He said some of the incidents had come to the notice of the police but no action had been taken.
Officials said the suspects’ conduct showed it was an organized crime, the suspects were property and car dealers and had bought flats in the area.
Police said the suspects rented the flats for a day or even a short time and then targeted and abused the couple who rented the flats and made videos of them.
The SSP Investigation had stated in a video message that the couple was married and police officials assured the couple of their safety and the couple agreed to be the plaintiffs in the case.
He made the announcement after meeting with a female ASP and other police officers while police officials assured the couple that they would be provided security.