The Lahore High Court issued a detailed 30-page judgment on the petitions of Meesha Shafi and others.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) dismissed the petitions seeking dismissal of the case against Meesha Shafi and others with a fine. The court declared Section 20 of the PECA, which deals with cybercrime, constitutional. Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh of the Lahore High Court issued a detailed 30-page judgment on the petitions of Mesha Shafi and others.
Mesha Shafi and others had challenged the FIA’s move to register a case. Singer Ali Zafar had filed a case against the petitioners. “People in our country resort to criminal and civil law to resolve their disputes,” the ruling said. There is always the question of whether criminal and civil proceedings can go hand in hand.
The decision states that presenting evidence in civil cases is quite different from criminal cases. In the present case. However, If the defamation suit is decided against the petitioner. It will not affect the criminal trial and even if the defamation suit is rejected. The petitioner cannot be excused from the trial.
The court ruled that it was recognized that a person could not be given a license to insult or tarnish the reputation of another. The court also reserved its decision after the lawyers’ arguments were completed.
Advocate Saqib Jilani on behalf of Mesha Shafi and Advocate Omar Tariq on behalf of Ali Zafar completed the arguments. Lawyers for Mesha Shafi and others had also argued that the FIA had registered a case under cyber crime provisions at the request of Ali Zafar. The FIA filed a lawsuit against the facts. The FIA registered the case without taking the stand of the accused. The court ordered the dismissal of the case registered by the FIA.
Ali Zafar’s lawyer also told the court that a case was registered against the accused as per law. The accused did not appear despite being summoned by the FIA. The accused tried to defame Ali Zafar by launching a negative campaign on social media. The court should dismiss the petitions filed by the accused.