Hit-and-run case: DSP's son released on court orders

Published October 22, 2015
Talha's counsels argued before the court that police had detained their client 'illegally' ─ Reuters/File
Talha's counsels argued before the court that police had detained their client 'illegally' ─ Reuters/File

LAHORE: A local court on Thursday ordered police to release of the underage son a police officer on bail in a case pertaining to killing of a media personnel, Rana Bilal, in a car accident on Monday.

Accused Talha, son of Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Naveed Irshad, was presented by police in the court of Judicial Magistrate Model Town, Adnan Anjum who ordered the boy's release as he was already on bail till November 5.

Earlier, Talha's counsels argued before the court that police had detained their client 'illegally' as Talha was already granted pre-arrest bail in the caseon Wednesday by a Additional District Session Judge and could not be arrested before November 5.

The accused lawyers maintained that Talha went to Sattu Katla police station to assert his availability for investigation into the case but the police detained him and presented him in court today.

The Judicial Magistrate then ordered the lawyers to produce the actual bail document before the court, which they produced, thus the release orders were issued.

Talha appeared in court with his father in a private car instead of police vehicle, which is the norm in such cases.

He was booked in a First Information Report (FIR) regarding the murder of 28-year-old Rana Bilal, a non-linear editor of Channel 24.

Bilal was on his way home by a motorbike when a speeding car hit him near Shadiwal Chowk. Bilal suffered critical injuries and died on the spot.

Capital City Police Officer Amin Wains had later announced that Talha had been arrested and his vehicle seized.

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