SHC rejects bail of kidnapping accused

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday dismissed the bail application of an accused who had been behind the bars for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old boy and subsequently demanding ransom for his safe release.

Headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, the division bench dismissed the bail application of Rahmatullah while terming it meritless. The Judges noted that since the applicant had been charged for the offence which carried capital punishment and the abducted boy was recovered from applicant’s possession, they are of the considered view that prosecution side had collected sufficient material, showing his nexus with the commission of crime. They added that applicant does not deserve the concession of bail.

Applicant, Rahmatullah moved the court through his counsel seeking bail in the kidnapping for ransom case. Counsel for applicant denied the allegations, submitting that his client was implicated in the case but he had nothing to do with the offence. He said applicant was a taxi driver and kidnapper had hired his taxi from Sukkur to Jacobabad. However, additional prosecutor general opposed applicant’s plea, saying applicant was involved in the offence as the kidnapped boy was rescued from his vehicle.

According to the FIR registered with Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station on the complaint abductee’s father, his three-year-old son, Abdul Hameed was abducted from Hazara Colony in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in November 2011. Kidnappers had demanded Rs500000 ransom for his safe release.

Later, Sukkur police had arrested the kidnappers including applicant when they were travelling from Sukkur to Jacobabad after a brief encounter and police recovered the boy from their possession.

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