Karachi: Baldia factory owners, other accused granted bail

KARACHI: Sindh High Court has granted bail to all accused including owners of Baldia town Factory that caught fire last year killing over 290 people in the biggest city of the country.

The court ordered the release of all the accused who were earlier arrested in the case. Factory owners Arshad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila will have to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million, while the other accused will submit bonds worth Rs200,000 each.

Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai of SHC heard the case.

Earlier, the death penalty case against Shahid Bhaila and Arshad Bhaila of the Ali Enterprises was withdrawn on PM Raja Pervez Ashraf’s directives, fulfilling his promise he made with office-bearers of Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCCI).

But PM faced lots of criticism from his own party and coalition members.

The court also issued notice to the principle secretary to the prime minister and heads of various provincial departments, including labour, police, civil defence, SITE and owners of the Baldia garment factory on a petition alleging the premier of interfering in the trial proceedings but all those notices has proven to be a piece of paper.

The factory fire had swallowed up over 290 lives last September still many of the bodies dumped into the Edhi center awaiting identification and burial.