Asia Life Imprisonment Case
Crl.S.M.R.P. No. 43 of 2015 [ Asia vs. The State]
This Criminal Suo Moto Review Petition No. 43 of 2015 is being pursued on behalf of Mst. Asia. The background of the case is that on 26.03.2012, at 6 pm, Sher Khan, Excise Inspector, lodged an FIR on behalf of State against Mst. Asia, under Section 9(c) of Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997. On the aforementioned date the Compliant Sher Khan on spy information left Excise police Station, along with his staff and Head Constable Mst. Razia Moharam, vide Roznamcha entry No. 449 in the government vehicle and proceeded to Bhatto Stop. It was alleged in the FIR that at 3.30 pm one air condition coach travelling from Karachi to Mirpurkhas arrived at Bhatto Stop. The Coach was stopped and searched by excise officials with the help of Head Constable Mst Razia Moharam. During the search a lady was found sitting on a seat behind the driver, holding a plastic bag. The bag was searched by the Head Constable Mst. Razia and ten packets of Charas were recovered from the bag. The packets of Charas were weighed and they weigh 10 kg and 350 grams. The complainant in presence of the witnesses separated small quantity of Charas from each packet. In total 100 grams of Charas was separated from 10 packets and samples were sent to the chemical examiner after two days for analyses. The arrest and recovery memo were prepared in the presence of EC Ghulam Rasool and Head Constable Mst. Razia Moharam before lodging of the FIR.
The Charge Sheet was filed and Special Case No. 26 of 2012 was registered before the Special Judge for Control of Narcotics Substances, Tando Allahyar. On 20.03.2013,the Special Judge convicted Mst. Asia under Section 9(c) of the Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997, and sentenced her to life imprisonment with fine of Rs. 500,000/- in default whereof to undergo further imprisonment of six months with benefit of Section 382-B Cr.P.C.
The Criminal Appeal No. 131 of 2013 was filed by Mst. Asia before the Honorable High Court of Sindh, challenging the judgment dated 20.03.2018. On 26.05.2015, the Honourable High Court dismissed the Appeal. Mst. Asia then filed Criminal Petition fro Leave to Appeal No. 49-K of 2015 (Crl.P.L.A) challenging the Honourable High Court Judgment dated: 26.05.2015. The leave to appeal was granted to examine the legality and propriety of the impugned judgment vide Order dated 07.08.2018 and the Crl.P.L.A. was converted into Criminal Appeal No. 11-K/2015. On 23.12.2015, the Honourable Supreme Court also dismissed the Criminal Appeal No. 11-K/2015.
On 02.02.2016 Mst. Asia sent an application through the Superintendent, Central Prison for Women, Sindh, Karachi, to Honourable Supreme Court, seeking review of the judgment dated 23.12.2015, passed by the Honourable Supreme Court in Criminal Appeal No. 11-K/2015. On 29.03.2018, the application was registered as Criminal Suo Moto Review Petition No. 43/2016.
By its Order dated: 03.01.2019, the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan was pleased to allow the above-named review petition. Accordingly, it maintained the conviction of the Accused but the sentence modified to that which was already served by the Accused; in light of this the Accused was directed to be released forthwith.
The following documents are available for viewing online:
- FIR dated: 26.03.2012
- Charge Sheet dated: 09.04.2012
- Judgment dated: 20.03.2013, of Special Judge for Control of Narcotics Substances, Tando Allahyar.
- Judgment dated: 26.05.2015, of Honourable High Court of Sindh.
- Memo of Criminal Petition for Leave to Appeal No, 49-K of 2015.
- Supreme Court Order dated: 07.08.2015.
- Supreme Court Order dated: 23.12.2015.
- Jail Application seeking review of the judgment dated: 23.12.2015
- Registration of the Jail Application as Criminal Suo Moto Review Petition No. 43/2016
- Supreme Court Order dated: 03.01.2019