LHC suspends order to register case against Babar Azam
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The Lahore High Court Monday suspended an order of a lower court to register a case against Pakistan cricket team Babar Azam captain over alleged harassment charges made by a girl from Lahore, reported 24News HD TV channel.
Justice Asjad Javed Gharral conducted the hearing on the application of Babar Azam and also issued the notices to the Federal Investigation Agency and Hameeza Mukhtar seeking their replies in the case.
The court also ordered to combine an earlier application of Babar against the registering of the case against him with his new application and ordered to set a date for the hearing in these cases.
Earlier Pakistan cricket captain has challenged a court’s decision to register a case against him on charges of blackmailing and harassment.
Additional Sessions Judge Hamid Hussain in Lahore had conducted the hearing on an application, moved by Hameeza Mukhtar, seeking registration of a case against Babar Azam in the FIA and ordered registration of a case against national cricket team captain Babar Azam.
Challenging the court’s decision, Babar Azam has made the Federal Investigation Agency and Hameeza Mukhtar as respondents.
The application stated that Babar Azam is Pakistan’s captain and the best player who has many international records to his name. It stated that a session court has ordered to register a case under Cyber Crime Act against Babar, which is against the Cyber Crime Rules 2018 and the court also did not mention the reasons to register a case against Babar Azam.
The application stated that the Justice of Peace is not bound to give an order to register a case. It states that the applicant was innocent and was seeking justice from the Lahore High Court and the session court has passed the order of registering a case against the applicant which is not in conformity with the decisions of the superior courts.
Babar prayed to the court to declare the trial court’s order null and void and suspend the trial court’s decision to register the case against the applicant till the final decision.
In another twist into the cases was also witnessed on last Saturday, when Hameeza Mukhtar claimed that Babar Azam's family has offered her Rs2million to take back the case. She claimed that the family of the Babar Azam has offered her the settlement amount through a third party.
In November 2020, Hameeza hurled allegations of sexual and financial abuse against the mercurial batsman just before he was set to captain the Pakistan cricket team in all three formats during the New Zealand tour, he found himself into a huge controversy as a girl from Lahore.