There is no reason to suspend Butt’s sentence: LHC

Petition challenging verdict against Gull filed

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday accepted the petition filed to challenge verdict against Gullu Butt for hearing.

Gullu Butt’s lawyer said trial court sentenced Butt to 11 years and 3 months imprisonment whereas no complaint was registered against him. He therefore requested the court to suspend Gullu Butt’s penalty and grant him bail as long as the appeal stays sub judice.

During the hearing the Court said there is no reason to suspend Butt’s sentence as his appeal was being heard, he must either withdraw his plea or else we may dismiss it. Gullu Butt withdrew his appeal following court’s suggestion.

The court accepted Butt’s appeal for hearing and issued notices to stakeholders including prosecutor general.

Earlier, Shahid Aziz notoriously referred to as Gullu Butt, convicted in the Model Town tragedy, had filed a petition in LHC for suspension of his sentence and release on bail.

The petition says that the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) has sentenced the petitioner in contrast to what the law and the facts say. The petitioner has demanded release on bail after suspension of his sentence. INP

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