ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday granted bail to Asmat Adamjee, the mother of main accused in Noor Mukadam murder case while it disposed of post-arrest bail of Zakir Jaffer.
A three- member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial conducted hearing of the bail applications of Zahir Jaffer’s parents. The bench disposed of Zakir’s bail as the counsel withdrew the application. Asmat Adamjee was asked to deposit surety bonds of Rs1 million.
The bench said that the trial court without being influenced by Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict decide the matter as per the law. Justice Bandial said that the accused have the right of fair trial. He added that they do not want to influence the trial, but wanted the fair trial should not be compromised in any way. He noted that prima facie there is no direct evidence against Asmat Adamjee. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said that being a woman, Asmat should be granted bail.
Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin observed that the criminal cases should be decided in three days, but could not be completed after two years.
Three-member bench disposed of post-arrest bail of Zakir Jaffer
Khawaja Haris, representing Zahir parents, informed that still the accused have not been provided with a complete record of the case. Shah Khawar, appearing on behalf of deceased Noor’s father Shaukat Mukadam contended that Asmat had talked to the watchman after Noor had jumped from the terrace. If she wanted to, Noor’s murder could have been avoided.
During the hearing, Kh Haris argued that initially both of his clients were not nominated in the case but they were included in the FIR after their statements to the police. The counsel argued that allegation against the accused is that they tried to hide the murder. Justice Mansoor questioned that whether Zahir’s mental condition had been examined? Kh Haris replied that no test in this regard was done.
Shah Khawar stated that a drug test of the main accused was conducted. He, however, accepted that no mental test of the accused had been done so far.
Advocate General Islamabad informed that all the 12 accused have been indicted and the IHC had directed to complete the trial in eight weeks.
Meanwhile, Zakir Jaffer, father of Zahir Jaffer–the prime suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case Monday challenged the sessions court’s decision to formally frame the charges against him for hiding evidence.
He moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through his lawyer and cited the state and Shaukat Mukadam father of deceased Noor Mukadam as respondents.
Last week, Additional Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani indicted 12 suspects including Zahir, his parents, Zahir’s employees Muhammad Iftikhar, Jameel Ahmed, and Muhammad Jan, and six Therapy Works employees including CEO Tahir Zahoor.
He maintained that the case of prosecution is based upon surmises and conjectures, and charge cannot be framed on the basis of whims of investigating officer. He added that the impugned order is reckless exercise of authority and against the basic provision of law.