Lawyer files application against barrister for comparing corrupt politicians to ‘donkeys,’ and harm the animal’s dignity
He pleaded with the court to direct the respondents to record his statements under Section 154 of the CrPC and lodge an FIR.
Lawyer Sarwan Bhatti has approached a sessions court to seek directives for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to act against social media posts comparing corrupt politicians to donkeys.
The lawyer noted that these posts ‘harm the dignity of animals,’ and filed an application naming the additional director and in-charge of the FIA Cyber Crime Circle as official respondents.
In the application, he said that a video clip of a barrister, who compared corrupt politicians to animals, especially donkeys, went viral on social media. The barrister overlooked the fact that ‘donkeys are hardworking animals and don’t chase harm to anyone,’ the lawyer said. Through his Facebook post, the barrister, while running for an election campaign for local bodies elections in Larkana, has harmed the dignity of the animal.
The applicant further stated that the social media user’s act has created an environment of disrespect for animals in the society, and action should be taken against him for violating the Pakistan Penal Code and the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act 1890. He pleaded with the court to direct the respondents to record his statements under Section 154 of the CrPC and lodge an FIR.
The court was asked to order the barrister to admit his mistake and take back his word in writing. After a preliminary hearing, District and Sessions Judge (South) Munawar Ali Lodhi issued notices to the official respondents to submit their replies by the next hearing set for 5th July.
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