Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) has taught a lesson to Meesha Shafi, all avenues of retreat also closed?
According to reports, in one of the world’s leading cases, the situation is becoming increasingly interesting. The Lahore High Court has reportedly closed all avenues for Meesha Shafi’s retreat.
According to sources, the Lahore High Court has rejected a petition filed by singer Meesha Shafi against witnesses, to stay the defamation suit filed by actor and singer Ali Zafar, for alleged violation of cyber crime laws.
According to sources from the Lahore High Court, Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir said in his judgment that, the case against the petitioner was registered 2 years ago. Which is to be decided on the basis of its own merit.
The verdict said that the outcome of the criminal case could not affect the outcome of the trial.
He remarked, that it was well known that civil and criminal court go hand in hand, and the decision of one court would not bind the other. The judge remarked that the only fear was that the continuation of the parallel proceedings would negatively discriminate against the petitioner’s defense. This fear does not work as he is bound to claim it.
The Lahore High Court judge remarked that the scope of civil litigation is the enforcement of civil rights of the parties involved. However, the purpose of criminal proceedings is to punish the culprit if found guilty.
The judge remarked that the statements of some of the petitioner’s witnesses had already been recorded. Therefore, the position of the petitioner’s counsel that his witnesses are reluctant to appear because of the second trial does not constitute any justification for stopping the trial.
Dismissing the petition, the judge also remarked that the trial court was quite correct in rejecting the petitioner’s request to stay the proceedings.
On the other hand, Additional and Sessions Judge Yasir Hayat will hear the defamation case on November 7th, in which Meesha Shafi has been directed to present evidence. Earlier, on October 10th, Meesha Shafi had filed a petition in the Lahore Sessions Court seeking stay or adjournment of the defamation suit against him for the time being.
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