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Woman seeks justice for ailing husband

ISLAMABAD, Oct 7: A woman from Rawalpindi has sought the help of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to seek justice for her husband who was implicated in a false case with the alleged connivance of police and a judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Wife of Syed Hamid Hasan Naqvi, a resident of Sarafa Bazaar, in her application submitted to the CJ’s office stated that Khurram Butt, a business partner of her husband, withheld the sum which was invested by her husband.

Mr Naqvi opted for golden handshake in the SME bank on February 28, 2004, and invested Rs2 million in a business venture started at Liaquat Market.

Ms Naqvi said her husband suffered cardiac arrest after nine months and was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where he was kept for a month. Later, when he returned to the shop, he found goods valuing Rs300,000 missing, she added.

Mr Butt issued him six cheques totalling Rs1,594,000 on his demand, which were later dishonoured by the concerned bank, she said. A complaint was registered in the City police station against Mr Butt, however, the area magistrate granted him bail.

Ms Naqvi claimed that Mr Butt stole three leaves from the cheque book of her husband when he was in the hospital. Later, he submitted one of the cheque in the bank valuing Rs1.8 million after inking fake signatures. However, the bank rejected the cheque for the fraud.

Mr Naqvi again lodged a complaint in the City police station about the stolen cheques on September 5, 2005, but the police did not registered a case, though SP Rawal Town and the additional session judge Rawalpindi directed the police to do so.

The complainant Ms Naqvi alleged that Mr Butt had family relations with Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah, a judge of the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, who directed the police to register a case of cheque dishonouring against Mr Naqvi.

The Banni police registered a case against Mr Naqvi on September 22, 2006. On the complaint of Mr Naqvi’s son, the SP City ordered an inquiry in this regard, which was conducted by DSP Banni, she said, adding that the DSP had ordered the Banni police to quash the case as he found Mr Naqvi innocent.
Source: Dawn