TV actress Atiqa Odho acquitted in liquor recovery case
A court in Rawalpindi on Friday acquitted renowned television star Atiqa Odho after nine years for allegedly possessing liquor at Islamabad International Airport in 2011.
The civil court acquitted Odho for allegedly carrying two foreign liquor bottles in her bag while she was checking in on Karachi-bound flight PK-301.
Civil Judge Yasir Chaudhry said there was no evidence against the artist.
On June 4, 2011, Odho was stopped at Benazir International Airport when two bottles of foreign liquor were allegedly found in her bag. The liquor was confiscated as per law and she was allowed to go.
Iftikhar Chaudhry, who was the Chief Justice of Pakistan during those days, took suo motu notice after the news of the incident made headlines on electronic media.
The former CJP asked the police and Customs officials to clarify why no case had been registered against her.
Later, Customs officials sent a lawsuit to the Airport police station, which was then registered a case against her under Section 3/4 of the Prohibition Order of 1979.
Three days later, the actress acquired interim bail from the court of Rawalpindi Additional Session Judge Iqbal Chadhar. Subsequently, the court restrained the police from arresting or harassing the artiste.