Hyderabad, May 11: A city Court on Wednesday sentenced Zahid Ali Khan, the Editor of Siasat Urdu Daily to undergo a six months imprisonment and also fined him Rs 6000, after finding him guilty of allowing a report to be published without evidence. However, Mr Zahid Ali Khan was granted bail to enable him to file an appeal against the sentence.
Sixth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of the Nampally Criminal Courts, M Krishnamurthi, granted bail to Mr Zahid Ali Khan on a personal bond of Rs 5000 and set June 9 for him to appear before the Court.
The verdict came after Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA from Karwan Afsar Khan filed a suit against the Urdu daily, one of the most respected newspapers published from the city, after it published a report, alleging complicity between him and the butchers over the sale of ‘haraam’ (forbidden) meat in his constituency. The report was published on August 1, 2006.
The said report had said that though Karwan constituency was predominantly Muslim and represented by an MLA of the same community, the butchers there were slaughtering animals in an un-Islamic method. The report allegedly held the MLA responsible for the state of affairs.
The MLA had then filed the defamation suit against the newspaper.
Reacting to the verdict, Mr Afsar Khan told INN that he was happy that justice was done to him. He said that the report had claimed that he had betrayed the Muslims in the community by turning a blind eye on the ‘haraam’ slaughter and sale of meat in his constituency.
Mr Afsar Khan said, “I had filed a petition against the report which had alleged complicity between me and the butchers. I welcome the verdict. The report was shameful and published to malign my image among the Muslim community.”
Meanwhile, police denied permission to the MIM MLA and his supporters to take out a ‘victory’ procession. INN