Meesha Shafi requests to be cross-examined via video link from Canada; court issues notice to Ali Zafar

Meesha Shafi requests to be cross-examined via video link from Canada; court issues notice to Ali Zafar

February 2, 2022 0
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What happened:

In a defamation suit filed by singer-actor, Ali Zafar, a sessions court issued a notice to him on Feb 2, following an application submitted by Meesha Shafi, asking permission to record her remaining cross-examination through a video link from Canada.

Details:

According to the document filed by her lawyer, Saqib Jillani, Shafi claims that she appeared for cross-examination by the plaintiff’s counsel on six hearings from Dec 12, 2021, to Jan 10, 2022, so that her cross-examination could be recorded and completed and she could be with her family in Canada, where she is currently residing. 

The cross-examination:

Unfortunately, she added, her cross-examination could only be recorded on two hearings, on Jan 3 and Jan 4, while cross-examination could not be done on the other hearings for various reasons, none of which were attributable to her. Shafi explained that she had to travel to Canada for family reasons, and that her nine year-old daughter recently contracted Covid-19, requiring her to care for her. 

Notice for Ali Zafar:

According to the application, a number of recent decisions suggest that the superior courts support the use of modern technical tools to conduct court procedures, notably to save time and money. The plaintiff, Ali Zafar,  has been given until Feb 7 to respond to the application, according to the court.

Mahnoor Tariq
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