Pleas against handing over Raymond; LHC seeks reply

The Lahore High Court on Monday sought reply till Tuesday (Feb 1) from federal and provincial governments on petitions against possible handing over of Raymond Davis, an accused of killing two Pakistanis, to the US.

Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed the order on four identical petitions filed by Asif Hussain, Muhammad Asghar, Ahmad Masood Gujjar and Iqbal Jafree.

The petitioners submitted in their petitions that Raymond Davis killed two Pakistanis with criminal intention at Qurtaba Chowk, Lahore whereas another innocent citizen was crushed to death by American Consulate security personnel van that came to rescue the accused.

They further submitted that they had strong apprehension that the accused might be handed over to the US.

They contended that the federation had no discretion in the matter to hand over the accused to other country without trial.

They prayed the court to restrain handing over and shifting of the accused outside the Jurisdiction of the court till the final disposal of criminal cases registered against him.

They also requested court to direct the federal government to place the name of the accused person in Exit Control List and order independent judicial inquiry of the incident.

After hearing initial arguments, the CJ asked Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayet Malik and Assistant Advocate general to seek instructions from the respondents and apprise court on February 1.