KARACHI: A sessions court on Saturday directed the provincial law department to appoint a special public prosecutor in the Baldia Town factory fire case.

The owner of ill-fated industrial unit, Abdul Aziz Bhaila, and his two sons Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila, general manager Mansoor and three gatekeepers have been booked in the tragic incident in which over 250 workers lost their lives in September 2012.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (west) Naushaba Kazi directed the law secretary to appoint a special public prosecutor as the case could not proceed without a prosecutor.

The hearing was adjourned till June 6.

The owners of the factory and recently appointed investigation officer SP Sajid Sadozai did not appear in court and sent applications for condoning their absence.

On a previous hearing, the SP informed the court that the provincial authorities ordered a new investigation of the case after a joint investigation team report was submitted in the Sindh High Court in February this year.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2015

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