LAHORE: In lower courts of Lahore, a tout gang has been identified by the District Prosecutor’s Office (DPO), which was involved in submitting thousands of fake and bogus bail bonds.
According to the District Prosecutor (DP) Lahore Rai Mushtaq Ahmed, so far 118 persons attached to the tout gang have been identified. He further added that the shocking reality is the fact that nearly every tout submitted fake bail bonds to attain bail in hundreds of cases.
Mr Ahmed admitted to the existence of bogus bail bonds mafia in lower courts, adding that there seemed to be an organized structure that has taken the lower courts in its grip.
A tout named Asif Ali s/o Muhammad Sardar resident of Kot Radha Kishan submitted fake bail bonds in 682 different cases in lower courts.
Another member of the gang named Liaqat Ali s/o Muhammad Sadiq resident of Lahore attained bails in 640 cases. M Raheel Butt s/o Salamat Ali Butt resident of Shahdara Lahore provided fake bail bonds in 588 cases.
Officially, the District Prosecutor’s Office Lahore prepared a list of 118 members of the organised tout gang. DP Lahore officially wrote to CCPO and DG anti-corruption for cooperation and to start a result-oriented action against such racketeering.
The presence of such gangs and the use of fake bail bonds and documents has become a matter of routine in the lower courts of Lahore, much like in most other cities of Pakistan.
In the lower courts, thousands of cases are pending because the defendants are granted bail on bogus documents and do not have much to lose in stalling the cases.