ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi’s application to suspend the sentence of imprisonment awarded by a local court in the Hajj corruption case.
In his appeal against the decision, Kazmi stated that the conclusion of the trial court was based on suppositions and a consequence of misreading or non-reading of the facts. He further contended that this is a case of no evidence and sentence by the trial court is a violation of his fundamental rights.
Announcing the verdict on Kazmi’s plea, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Anwar Khan Kasi rejected the application and withheld the trial court’s decision.
On June 3, a special court in Islamabad had sentenced Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in prison. Along with Kazmi, Director General (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel was sentenced to 40 years and former additional secretary religious affairs Aftab Ahmed was sentenced to 16 years in prison. -APP