IHC suspends jail sentence awarded to couple in Tayyaba torture case

  • Former judge, wife was granted bail against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court has suspended the jail sentence awarded to former Additional District and Sessions judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar, who were sentenced to one year jail in Tayyaba torture case.

According to media reports, the IHC suspended the earlier decision of single bench in the torture case of a minor girl.

Justice Athar Minallah and Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended the decision of the trial court against the accused couple who was granted bail on Tuesday, against a surety bond of Rs50,000 each.

Raja Khurram and Maheen had appealed in the apex court against their conviction.

In their petition, the convicts had pointed the ‘flaws’ in the judgment and the proceedings and challenged it in accordance with those clauses.

Former judge, wife jailed for one year in Tayyaba torture case

Khan and his wife were charged with assaulting, confining, ill-treating, neglecting, abandoning, harming and injuring the minor housemaid.

They had been accused of keeping the girl in wrongful confinement, burning her hand, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom and threatening her with even worse.

The couple had pleaded ‘not guilty’ after they were indicted.

IHC grants bail to couple convicted in Tayyaba torture case

In total, the statements of 19 witnesses were recorded in the case, wherein 11 were from civil servants and eight from private witnesses, including Tayyaba’s parents.