LHC orders court to decide Ali Zafar, Meesha Shafi defamation case in 90 days
LAHORE: Justice Masood Jahangir of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday suspended order of District Judge directing trial court judge to concluded Ali Zafar’s defamation case against Meesha Shafi by April 15.
Time limit was increased by three months and Justice Jahangir observed that legal team of Meesha Shafi was at liberty to see a further extension.
Singer and actor Ali Zafar had filed a plea last week through his counsel before an additional district and sessions court, seeking disposal of his defamation suit against singer Meesha Shafi in one month.
Zafar had filed the defamation suit last year against Shafi, who had accused him of sexual harassment.
The suit, claiming damages of Rs1 billion, was filed under Defamation Ordinance 2002. In notice, singer claimed Shafi damaged his reputation through false allegations of sexual harassment.
In his plea for early disposal of case, Zafar pleaded that Shafi and her lawyers should not be granted any more adjournments which waste court’s precious time. He further requested court to decide case within the next 30 days as it had already been almost a year since inception of the case.
In April 2018, Shafi had taken to Twitter to publicly accuse Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”. “This happened to me despite fact I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind!” her statement had read.