SHC grants bail to Baldia factory owners

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday granted bail to the Baldia factory owners and others accused in the factory fire case.

Police had arrested Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila after the session court had rejected their pre-arrest bail applications on October 6, 2012, whereas their ailing father, Abdul Aziz Bhaila, was granted bail due to old age. Earlier on January 28, the court had reserved its judgment on bail pleas of owners of factory and other accused, production manager, and watchman of the ill-fated factory.

Amir Raza Naqvi on behalf of the applicants Arshad Abdul Aziz and Shahid Abdul Aziz had submitted that investigation carried out by the police into incident was motivated and full of errors. However, he had added that they had no intention to kill their own workers and ruin their own business, adding it was an accident. He had submitted that police have forced witnesses to record their statement against the factory owners.

Advocate, Khawaja Shamsul Islam, who represented the factory’s production manager, Mansoor Ahmed, had reiterated that his client was diabetic patient and innocent. He had stated before the court that his client fell unconscious when fire broke out in the factory. Lawyer, Muhammad Tamaz Khan, on behalf of his client, watchman of factory, Arshad Mehmood, had also appealed to the court to grant bail to his client, who was not even present at the time of the fire. On the Monday, Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai ordered the release of all the accused who were earlier arrested in the case. Factory owners Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila will have to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million, while the other accused will submit bonds worth Rs200,000.


Courtesy: Daily Times

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