Lawyer directed to ensure Meesha’s presence in court on Apr 10
A judicial magistrate Saturday directed the lawyer of singer Meesha Shafi to ensure her presence in the court on April 10, 2021 along with a surety bond of Rs100,000.
Meesha and other accused including Leena Ghani and Maham Javaid were due to appear in the court today (Saturday) in a criminal case registered against them under the cybercrime law on the complaint of actor-cum-singer Ali Zafar.
However, Meesha and two other accused didn’t appear in the court and their counsels filed applications for dispensing their attendance.
A counsel pleaded that Meesha was in Canada and could not appear in the court.
Ali Zafar’s counsel Umer Gill objected to the absence of Meesha Shafi and other accused Leena Ghani.
“Feminist and cultural icon” #MeeshaShafi & her dear friend, also a brave activist #LeenaGhani again failed to appear in court in the criminal defamation case filed against them despite being summoned by the court. So much for being icons of truth and justice. #metoo pic.twitter.com/1RXJ9IcfGB— Muhammad Umer Tariq Gill (@MuhammadUmerTa3) March 27, 2021
Advocate Umer Gill argued that accused Leena Ghani had filed her application without any justifiable reason and pointed out that on the last date of hearing a specific direction had been issued to accused persons for not filing such frivolous applications.
The lawyer pointed out that the doctor's report of flu and headache produced by the accused Leena Ghani was issued by a psychiatrist.
The court allowed the applications of accused persons Meesha Shafi and Maham Javed for one-day absence.
Learned counsels for the accused persons Haseem Uz Zaman, Farecha Ayub and Syeda Faizan Raza and Ali Gull Peer also forwarded their arguments on applications for permanent dispensation of attendance, however, accused Iffat Omar sought some time for the production of the lawyer.
The court ordered that on the next date of hearing, all the miscellaneous petitions filed by the parties would be decided and no further adjournment will be granted for argument on said applications