Supreme Court’s two member bench, Led by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday (Jan 24) acquitted a man sentenced to jail in rape case, after eight years. A session court had sentenced him to life and the sentence was maintained by the high court. The case was registered in 2010. The woman who accused the suspect of raping and impregnating her now has an eight-year-old daughter.
Justice Khosa lashed out at the petitioner, Bashir Ahmed, for giving a false statement and said “justice cannot be done until false witnesses are dealt with”. “The accused could have been sentenced to death because of the false statement given by the primary witness and petitioner Bashir Ahmed,” he said. “How about we hand you a life sentence for giving a false statement, Mr Bashir?” the chief justice remarked and added: “If we take action against you, people will say that the court sent a man to jail whose daughter was raped.”
Justice Khosa also criticised the high court for “ignoring evidence”.
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21 August, 2019