JAM SAJJAD HUSSAIN AND MIAN DAWOOD

LAHORE – Setting a unique example of providing justice, the City Police once again favoured those sitting in power corridors, as Racecourse Police on Friday registered a kidnapping case against father and other relatives of stage actress Sapna Khan on an application of PML-N influential leader and ex-chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa.

As cross version, police concerned, however, registered a second FIR against Khosa and his five accomplices to balance the case. Although, the cases were lodged against both parties of the case, Racecourse Police did not bother to arrest them. Informed sources also disclosed that police excluded the Section 302 of PPC against Sardar Khosa from the FIR.

The FIR No. 168/12 had been registered under sections 420, 468, 471 and 365 of PPC against four persons namely Misal Khan, Faisal Khan, Ameen Ullah and Hina Khan on the statement of Khosa. The complainant alleged that his wife was kidnapped by her relatives, who are incriminating him on bogus charges. Similarly, the police lodged a second FIR (169) under section 364 of PPC against six persons namely Sardar Khosa, Rana Tanvir Hussain, Dawood Butt, Faheer, Yaseen and driver Javeed.

According to this FIR, complainant Misal Khan alleged that two days after her divorce by Sardar Khosa, his daughter Sapna Khan was kidnapped at gunpoint by her ex-husband and his accomplices.

A law expert said the Racecourse police technically have favoured Sardar Khosa by lodging FIR against his opponents. “The second FIR has no importance in presence of the first FIR, as it would be considered only cross version, which is commonly discharged by the investigation wing,” he added.

 To a query, he said the police should have lodged first FIR against Sardar Khosa and his accomplices and should have lodged second FIR as cross version against his opponents. Frankly speaking, by doing this track, the Lahore Police have extended their full cooperation to Khosa, he added.

Racecourse Police Station SHO, DSP Circle and SP Civil Lines Division switched off their cell phone when contacted to seek their versions.

Mr Khosa had on Nov 16, 2011 admitted before the Lahore High Court that he had on June 2, 2010 contracted love marriage with a stage actress Sapna Khan. Meanwhile, he on June 19, 2011 divorced her due to some family disputes, Mr Khosa had admitted in reply and documents submitted in the LHC.

It is still questionable that whether police would consider that controversial marriage and divorce certificate or not as the controversy over these certificates could not be resolved so far.

As per their marriage certificate, Dost Khosa, a resident of Johar Town, solemnised his ‘love-marriage’ with Zeeba Khan (Sapna Khan) on June 2, 2010, and the marriage was registered at union council concerned after ten days.

Interestingly, the issue date of their marriage certificate is April 25, 2011, ten months after the registration of marriage.

However, the divorce certificate shows that he had sent a divorce notice to Zeeba Khan on June 19, 2011 ( three days before her kidnapping) and to administrator union council 140, Green Town, Lahore for its registration. However, the administrator declared the divorced effective from Oct 11, 2011.

The divorce certificate had been issued from the union council of Green Town because Mr Khosha had declared Spana a resident of Block 5, Sector D-2 of that very town, while the marriage certificate declared Sapna Khan, a resident of 465, Shah Jamal, Ichhra, Lahore.

As per case documents, Mr Khosa had admitted Sapna Khan as his wife after months long litigations, apparently on court pressure. However, after more than 40 days of his admission of marriage with a stage actress, Mr Khosa had twisted the case by filing a habeas petition plea in LHC seeking recovery of his ex-wife.