LAHORE, (Muzaffargarh.City – 26th Dec, 2016 ) : A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday suspended a verdict of the Lahore High Court which acquitted MNA Jamshed Dasti in bogus degree case.
The bench also issued notice to Jamshed Dasti on an appeal filed by the government against his acquittal in bogus degree case. The bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa heard the appeal at Supreme Court Lahore Registry.
An appeal was moved on behalf of the Election Commission of Pakistan, seeking restoration of sentence awarded to Dasti. Additional Prosecutor General Mazhar Sher Awan, on behalf of the appellate, said that the fake degree case was established against Dasti and he was declared guilty by a sessions’ court.
He said that a person guilty of fraud did not deserve any concession or leniency, adding that Dasti had announced his resignation in front of the court after the hearing the verdict regarding his fake degree.
He submitted that the ECP’s regional office filed a complaint against Dasti on bogus degree charges in a trial court wherein he was awarded three years sentence but the Lahore High Court, Multan bench had set aside the sentence.
He said the decision of the LHC Multan bench was against the facts and pleaded the bench to set aside the decision and restore the sentence. It is pertinent to mention that Dasti was convicted and sentenced to a three-year jail term by a district and sessions’ judge of Muzaffargarh on April 4, 2013, with a fine of Rs 5,000.