A district and session court overturned the punishment of Syeda Wahida Shah Bukhari’s summary trial which was conducted by the returning officer Asghar Ali Siyal.
She was caught on camera assaulting polling staff during the by-elections but won one of her two ongoing court battles on Wednesday.
The 6th Additional District and Session judge, Shahid Pervez Memon, announced the order which he had reserved on the last hearing. The RO had imposed Rs1,000 penalty or a day’s imprisonment on her. If convicted, she would have been disqualified from contesting the elections.
While speaking to the media she observed, “I was optimistic about getting justice from the courts”. She won the February 25 by-elections on PS-53 constituency in Tando Muhammad Khan.
She is fighting two separate lawsuits in the district and sessions court and the Sindh High Court (SHC).
In the latter case, she has challenged the verdict of the Election Commission of Pakistan which disqualified her from contesting the elections for two years and also nullified the results of February 25 by-polls in Tando Muhammad Khan.
Her advocate Hyder Imam Rizvi contended, “The outcome of this case will make her plea in the SHC stronger”. The SHC, which earlier stayed the April-26 by-polls in the 53- constituency on the request of Shah, adjourned the hearing.
Earlier, Additional and Sessions Judge, Shahid Pervez Memon, suspended the verdict of the summary trial hearing Pakistan Peoples Party MPA-hopeful Waheeda Shah’s case on Monday.
Shah was also granted bail worth Rs100,000 a day before her imminent imprisonment.
The summary trial, conducted by Returning Officer Asghar Ali Siyal, had imposed a mere Rs1,000 penalty, in accordance with election laws. Shah had been ordered to pay the fine within seven days or face a day’s incarceration.
Although she was ostensibly forgiven by the two women she slapped at the polling station, Siyal, on the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had registered an FIR against her. Later, Siyal was also ordered to conduct her summary trial and pass the order.