Court reserves ruling on Sana’s plea for release of footages


An anti-narcotics court has reserved its verdict in a plea filed by former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah for release of his vehicle and provision of footages in a narcotics case. The court also adjourned the hearing till February 8.
Rana Sana claimed that registration of case against him under drug peddling charges was totally baseless and he demanded the footage to be presented in court allegedly possessed by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) as evidence.
As the hearing resumed, the ANF’s prosecutor argued that Sanaullah’s lawyers have been using delaying tactics, and pleaded with the court to conduct proceedings of the case on a daily basis.
To this, judge Shakir Hassan asked the prosecutor, “How could I hear the case on a daily basis? I postpone the cases daily, I don’t have a stenographer and the car in which I travel is a “third-class” car, all these works are to be done by the ministry of law and justice and you are asking to hold hearings daily.”
“Both sides have completed their arguments I am reserving my judgment in the application, the decision will be written when my stenographer arrives,” the judge added.
After appearing in the courtroom, the PML-N leader spoke to the media and claimed that false and baseless case was lodged against him, and urged Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) and Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi to justify his stance in the court.
“The government has no future, we will get rid of this government in the year 2020,” Sanaullah stated, adding the opposition was being kept busy in order to divert attention from the public issues.
The PML-N leader further pointed out that the rising inflation in the country has made it harder for the public to buy food for even two times a day. “An action plan will be made in the opposition’s joint meeting, a strong protest will be held for public issues,” he added.
The minister claimed that baseless cases were being lodged against the opposition to “keep it busy” while this was now clear that he was being subject to political victimisation.