Cyber crime: SC sends petition to trial court for early hearing



The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday sent a petition seeking cancellation of bail an accused allegedly involved in blackmailing family members of an officer of an intelligence agency to the trial court for early hearing.

The court also directed that prosecution should complete charge-sheet of the case and present it before the trial court within 15 days.

Captain Asad Ahmad, resident of Swabi, has filed appeal in the SC against a high court decision which has released accused Zahid Ahmad on bail.

Arshid Ali Chaudhry, who appeared on behalf of Captain Asad, told the court that the accused had blackmailed his client’s family members on social media by sending objectionable pictures and messages. He said that the FIA cyber crime circle has registered a case against the accused and a session court has turned down his bail plea.

Chaudhry said that after cancellation of bail, the accused approached the Peshawar High Court which released him on bail. He requested the court to cancel the bail.

The court remarked “the punishment in the case is less than 10 years; therefore, we send the matter to competent court instead of cancelling the bail. We ask the investigation side to complete the challan within 15 days and present it before the trial court, which should dispose of the matter as soon as possible”.