The Zain murder case witnesses pulled back their previous statements after being given money by the accused, as claimed Additional Advocate General (AAG) Punjab Razzaq A Mirza in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The SC bench consisted of three-member headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim begins suo motu hearing concerning the acquittal of the accused in the murder case today.
During the hearing, Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik asked the prosecutor why witnesses had got back from their statements in the case.
Many of the witnesses are property dealers who withdrew their statement after being given money, replied the Punjab prosecutor.
Justice Sardar Tariq Masood inquired whether evidence against the accused existed which could lead to their sentence. He also asked why the statements of the witnesses were not recorded in accordance with Article 164. The prosecutor replied saying evidence is present under which the accused could be sentenced.
Previously, a case was lodged against Kanju after Zain succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital and Kanju had escaped from the scene and arrested later on.
The case was filed under section 7-ATA and section 302 of PPC.
Later, the ATC released the accused after they submitted a petition under Section 265-K of the Criminal Procedure Code as the complainant and all prosecution witnesses had not testified against them.