LHC annuls Lahore DC’s detention order under MPO3
Terms detention law controversial method to arrest someone: Releases 13 people detained on March 21: Says solid proofs needed to detain persons under MPO3 and public safety law
April 1, 2023 03:04 PM
The Lahore High Court has struck down Lahore DC’s detention order of 13 people and directed the authorities to set them free, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The high court on Saturday released its decision on a petition filed by 13 people challenging their detention.
The LHC declared the March 21 detention order of the Lahore DC null and void and ordered to release 13 detained persons.
The 9-page written order on the petition filed by 13 people including Hafiz Ali Raza was released by Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafiq.
According to the judgement, detention law is a controversial method to put someone behind the bars which allows the state to deprive someone of his freedom.
In most cases, people are detained under the national security and public order.
Especially, during war, people are rounded up under the preventive detention.
The main objective of the MPO 3 is to stop someone from working against the law and order and public safety. But there should be some solid proof on the record to prove it. The solid proof must be in the form of SMS, WhatsApp text, social media account, pamphlet, pictures, book, banners, and posts.
The solid proof may also be in the form of recording of rally, call record, geo financing, speeches in public meetings and agencies’ report.
The digital material, wall chalking, secret transaction, affiliation with political parties and membership cards can also be regarded as solid proofs.
The judgement said that no such proof is available against the detained persons, that’s why the court orders to release them.
All the detained persons gave statement in the court that they were arrested either from their homes or from their work places.
All these people were detained on the order of Lahore deputy commissioner on March 21.
Reporter Malik Ashraf