LAHORE - A Supreme Court bench on Wednesday admitted to regular hearing the appeals filed by Zohaib Athar and Saleem Majid to question the life term awarded to them in a murder case took place allegedly in a fake police encounter in Shadman area in the wee hours on July 14, 2005. The bench comprising Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Fakir Muhammad Khokhar after hearing counsel for the appellants, Iqbal Bhatti and Hafiz Abdul Rahman Ansari at some length prima facie found substance in the matter and granted leave to appeal to hear it on regular side. The FIR of the incident was registered with the Shadman Police Station on the complaint of Sub-inspector Rashid Amin. The counsel submitted to the court that a marked difference existed between medical evidence and ocular account of this case. Bhatti said the prosecution claims that the deceased was hit from behind while the medical evidence showed that the fire shot was made from front, which was not possible by the appellants while they were riding a motorbike behind the car wherein the deceased was present. It was vehemently argued that the police party claims entering an encounter with the accused persons, but no sign of any injury to any policeman or fire shot on their vehicle has been spotted by the prosecution. Zohaib Athar and Saleem also got serious injuries which the prosecution claims, came from the fire shots made from the car of Saqib Langra, stated to be associated with the accused. But this fact has been belied in the medical report that such injuries could not come to a person riding a bike, which shows that the injuries to both came from the police firing, the counsel added. Bhatti also drew court attention to an important point in the Lahore High Court judgment that the LHC Division bench found the prosecution failed to prove murder by the accused/appellants and on the same ground gave benefit of doubt to accused Saqib Langra and acquitted him in the case. The counsel also pleaded that the statements by the eyewitnesses did not match. As to Zohaib, Hafiz Ansari said that he was juvenile requiring trial by the Regular Court. Zohaib through his appeal denied the prosecution version but said that Mozang police picked him up from his residence on July 10, 2005 in pursuance of an FIR and tried to kill him in a fake encounter. Doctor acquitted of charges A local judicial magistrate on Wednesday exonerated Dr Masood of Masood Hospital and 17 others from the charges of illegal sale of human kidneys. In 2007, a case was registered against the accused doctors on their alleged involvement in illegal sale of human kidneys. The complainants of the case appearing before Magistrate Arif Khan Niazi at Model Town Courts said that they had sold their kidneys due to poverty and the accused persons (doctors) had not forced them in their regard. The magistrate acquitted all the accused persons owing to the statement recorded by the complainants.