LAHORE : An Additional District and Sessions Court on Saturday sought reply from singer Meesha Shafi on an application seeking criminal proceedings against her for allegedly submitting forged documents before the court.
The application has been moved by famous singer and actor Ali Zafar through his counsel Advocate Rana Intizar, who is contesting a defamation suit against her.
The counsel of Ali Zafar contended before the court that a defamation case filed against Meesha by his client was under trial before the court and it was learnt that she had submitted forged documents in the court.
The counsel argued that submission of forged documents before a court of law is a criminal offence.
The counsel implored the court to initiate criminal proceedings under Section 476 against forged documents, misrepresentation, misstatement and fraud with the court in the reply filed by Meesha Shafi to the defamation case filed against her by his client Ali Zafar.
The counsel further argued the defendant was continuously using delaying tactics and wasting court’s time. “It has been pleaded before the court by the counsel of the defendant that she is out of the country but her pictures participating in an “Aurat March” were all over the social media,” the counsel argued and implored the court to start criminal proceedings against her for submitting forged documents before the court.
The court after hearing arguments of Ali’s counsel has sought reply from Meesha Shafi by March 12. Meanwhile, a statement has been issued by Barrister Ambreen Qureshi who is assisting Rana Intizar in the case.
She stated, “We are continually faced with delaying tactics by the other party wasting courts precious time. The same happened during today’s hearing. Shockingly, it was also pleaded today that Miss Shafi is out of the country while her pictures on the “Aurat March” were all over the social media,” she added.
Ali Zafar had filed a defamation suit worth Rs1 billion against Meesha Shafi on the charges of defaming the singer through allegations of harassment. Counsel of Ali Zafar contended before the court that Meesha Shafi had defamed his client through baseless allegations.
The counsel pleaded the court to direct Meesha to apologise to his client along with a fine of Rs1 billion for baseless allegations against him.
The counsel requested the court to direct Meesha Shafi to pay Rs1 billion to his client, Rs20 million for mental torture, Rs80 million for loss of contracts, Rs400 million for loss of business opportunities and Rs500 million for loss of reputation.
Previously, the singer had sent a legal notice to Meesha Shafi, stating that her tweets and an article in national dailies were false, slanderous and defamatory.