LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has convicted singer Meesha Shafi and eight others in a case of defaming singer Ali Zafar on social media and requested the trial court to take action against all of them.
According to a report published in Dawn News, the FIA presented an interim challan in the case filed by Ali Zafar in the special court of Lahore Central on December 15.
The interim challan stated that according to the oral and documentary evidence of the FIA investigation and case, Meira Shafi alias Meesha Shafi, actress Effat Umar, Mahim Javed, Lena Ghani, Haseem Zaman, Fareeha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Hamna Raza, and Ali Gul Pir was found guilty.
The interim challan said that the complainant, however, accepted the pardon of a woman named Hamna Raza, and no further action was required against her.
The FIA’s interim challan said that Meesha Shafi made allegations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar on social media on April 9, 2018, but failed to present evidence against him.
The interim challan stated that the other accused also failed to present evidence related to their claims, on the basis of which a court order in September this year against all persons under Section (1) 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PICA) 2016. The case was filed under.
In the interim challan, the court has been asked to take further legal action against Meesha Shafi and other accused.
Ali Zafar had lodged a complaint with the FIA Cyber Crime Wing in November 2018, alleging that several social media accounts were posting “insulting and threatening material” against him.
He also provided details of his Twitter and Facebook accounts in support of his claim.
The actor and singer also provided evidence to the FIA on Instagram about threats received by his manager in February 2018.
Ali Zafar had alleged that in April 2018, weeks before Meesha Shafi’s allegations of sexual harassment, several fake accounts had launched a vicious campaign against the singer.
He had told the FIA with documentary ‘evidence’ that a Twitter account named ‘@Nehasaigol1) had made 3,000 insulting tweets against me and my family in a year while this account was Meesha Shafi. Was made 50 days before the sexual harassment allegations.
According to the FIA, Meesha Shafi appeared in the FIA with her lawyers in December 2019, but failed to provide full evidence regarding her claims.
Actresses Effat Umar, Fareeha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Hazimul Zaman Khan and Ali Gul Pir were also granted interim bail after a case was filed by the FIA on a court order in September this year.
Apart from the case, a Rs 1 billion defamation suit filed by Ali Zafar against Meesha Shafi is also pending in the Lahore Sessions Court, the next hearing of which is scheduled for December 21.