Pakistan court issues notice to police officer

Published: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11:04 [IST]
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Pak court issues notice to policeman

Lahore, Nov 5: A Pakistani court issued notice to a police officer after a contempt of court petition was filed against him for allegedly defying the judge's order to register a case against the three cricketers convicted of corruption and spot-fixing in Britain.

The additional district and sessions court issued the notice to the chief of Islampura police station after petitioner Muhammad Zubair Bulqan filed an application that said the officer had intentionally defied the judge's order to register criminal cases against former cricket captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

The same court had on Thursday directed police to take action under the law against the cricketers who were convicted and given prison terms by a court in London. The court has issued the order in response to an application filed by Bulqan.

In the application filed on Friday, Bulqan contended that the police officer had intentionally defied the judge's order and that this amounted to contempt of court.

He asked the court to initiate legal proceedings against the police officer. The judge, after hearing initial arguments, issued notice to the police station chief.

The British court has handed down prison sentences to the three suspended Pakistani cricketers after finding them guilty of corruption.

Butt and Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively. Aamer, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two teammates, was sentenced to six months in prison.


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