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LHC suspends periods court docket order directing police to register case towards Babar Azam

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  • Courtroom asks Naseerabad SHO and Hamiza Mukhtar to submit responses by Feb 8
  • Babar Azam tells LHC that periods court docket had ordered the registering of case whereas ignoring details
  • Cricketer requests LHC to declare periods court docket order unlawful

LAHORE: The Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) on Friday suspended a periods court docket order directing the police to register a case towards Pakistan cricket staff captain Babar Azam on a criticism of a lady accusing the cricketer of sexual harassment.

LHC’s Justice Asjad Javaid Ghural, whereas suspending the order, additionally directed the Naseerabad SHO and Hamiza Mukhtar to submit their responses within the case by February 8.

Within the petition, Azam has said that the periods court docket ordered the registering of the case towards him whereas ignoring details. His counsel contended that Hamiza had filed a “pretend case” against Azam to “blackmail” him.

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He said that the woman settled the case with Azam in 2018. The petition added that the police have also rejected the claim of Hamiza receiving threatening calls from his client.

Azam urged the court to declare the order of the sessions court illegal.

Court orders police to record statement of woman

On Thursday, a sessions court had directed Naseerabad police to record the statement of the woman who accused Azam of sexually assaulting her.

The woman, identified as Hamiza Mukhtar, had filed a petition against Babar at the sessions court in December 2020, in which she claimed to be the batsman’s neighbour and old school mate.

She said the cricketer had “tricked her into love” and “tortured” her when she demanded he marries her. She further alleged that she financially supported Babar when he was a “struggling cricketer,” adding that she spent “thousands and thousands of rupees on him”.

A counsel for the petitioner had argued before the court that Babar allegedly raped their client under the false pretext of marriage.

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“The petitioner and Babar have been in love and had illicit relations, and he or she acquired pregnant out of the connection in 2015”, the woman’s counsel said, adding that the accused, “in connivance along with his buddies, managed an abortion.”

Issuing a ruling on the petition, Lahore Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Naeem directed the police to record the statement of the woman under Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, saying that it was “a delicate matter and the police ought to take fast motion as per the legislation.”

The court docket additionally ordered Hamiza to seem earlier than the assigned Station Home Officer (SHO) and get her assertion recorded.

Neither Babar Azam nor the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued any official statements concerning the matter. 

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