A sessions court in Lahore denied bail to former Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) leader Mufti Azizur Rehman on Friday, who is accused of sexually abusing a student at his madressah.
Following the lawyers’ arguments, Additional Sessions Judge Noman Muhammad Naeem denied the post-arrest bail petition.
Mufti Aziz has been denied bail for the second time by the court. He was arrested in June of this year after police filed an FIR against him on claims of sexually assaulting a student at his madressah, Jamia Manzoorul Islam, in Lahore.
The case was opened based on the victim’s complaint under Sections 377 (unnatural offences) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
In his complaint, the student claimed that Mufti Aziz dismissed him and another student for three years for cheating in Wafaqul Madaris tests.
As proof, the student had shared a videotape of the sexual assault with police and the seminary administration.
Mufti Aziz’s five sons have also been charged with assaulting the complainant with the purpose of seeking revenge, and they have all been given bail.
Mufti Aziz, on the other hand, remains detained after his first bail petition was denied by a court magistrate in Lahore last month. The cleric subsequently applied to a district and sessions court for post-arrest bail, which was denied Friday.
Earlier this month, a sessions court charged him and his five sons in the case.