FIA challenges Lakhvi’s bail in IHC

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday challenged Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s bail in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

On December 18, 2014, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted bail to Lakhvi, the commander of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who was allegedly involved in planning, financing and executing the attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai in 2008.

Special prosecutor FIA Chaudhry Muhammad Azhar challenged his bail in the high court and requested it to suspend the ATC’s order. The prosecutor said there was sufficient evidence against the suspect in the case and that the trial court ignored it while granting him bail.

The IHC will take up the matter on January 5.

Soon after Lakhvi’s release by the ATC, the Islamabad administration had issued his detention orders under Section 3 of the Public Maintenance Order (3MPC). However, the IHC suspended it. The federal government then challenged the suspension of the detention orders in the Supreme Court.

Currently, Lakhvi is on a 14-day judicial remand in Adiala Jail for a six-year old kidnapping case. The case was registered by the Golra police on December 29, 2014, on the complaint of Muhammad Dawood, a resident in the capital’s outskirts.

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