SHC seeks comments on acid attack case transfer plea

KARACHI): The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed provincial authorities to file comments on a petition that sought transfer of an acid attack case from sessions court to Anti-terrorism Court.

Farah Shahbaz, the wife of Shahbaz Chaudhary, a man who was attacked with acid on June 15, 2012 at the city court, has moved the court for protection. She cited home secretary, provincial police chief and heads of Darakhshan and City Court police stations as respondents in the petition.

The petitioner said that her husband was attacked by his own relative on June 15 at the city court, who later succumbed to his burns on August 23 of the same year. She said that later a FIR no 64 of 2012 under section 302/34 PPC was lodged at city court police station.

She said that her husband stepped in to help his cousin and submitted his property documents in court so that his relative could be released on bail but the enemies of his relative encircled him at court premises and threw a jug of acid at him.

She said that her husband’s relatives not only kept threatening him but they also registered fake cases against Chaudhry at different police stations, including Sohrab Goth, Jackson and Ibrahim Haidery.

She said that enemies of her husband did not rest after throwing acid and they came to attack the family again on June 19 at hospital where Chaudhary was hospitalized but the security guards prevented any harm. She pleaded the court to direct respondents to transfer the case of acid attack to ATC court. The court was also prayed to provide protection to her and family.

A division bench headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai directed the provincial law officer to file comments on behalf official respondents and adjourned the hearing of case by February 14.