Singer Ali Zafar has opposed the request of singer Mesha Shafi to complete the cross-examination in the defamation case through video link and has requested the court to reject the request of the singer with a fine.
Mesha Shafi had filed a petition in the court last February seeking completion of his cross-examination in the defamation case through a video link. At the request of Mesha Shafi, Ali Zafar submitted his position in the Sessions Court through his lawyers and opposed the request of the singer.
Ali Zafar, in his reply filed in the court, requested the court to return Mesha Shafi's application along with the fine. In his petition, Ali Zafar claimed that Mesha Shafi had gone to perform in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state of Dubai before the trial was completed. In the petition, the singer termed the request to interrogate Mesha Shafi through video link as baseless and a waste of court time.
Ali Zafar requested the court to reject Mesha Shafi's request for cross-examination through video link with a fine. Mesha Shafi had requested to complete the interrogation through video link in early February last month. Earlier, the trial was held in mid-January this year, during which Mesha Shafi was interrogated for four to five consecutive days.During the interrogation, Mesha Shafi had said that 10 to 15 people were present at the time of the incident of harassment during the 'jamming session'. The singer had clarified that she had not witnessed the incident of harassment at the said place, however, she felt the harassment there.
During the interrogation, Mesha Shafi had said that Ali Zafar had behaved inappropriately with him several times before and she had been harassed by him. The singer had said during the interrogation that she was fed up with Ali Zafar's 'touching', she did not like the process. Mesha Shafi had recorded his statement in the case in December 2019 and is now being questioned two years later. Before Mesha Shafi, his mother Saba Hameed has also completed cross-examination in the said case while before him Ali Zafar and all his witnesses had also completed cross-examination in 2019.
In the same case, Mesha Shafi, while recording his statement in August 2019, claimed that Ali Zafar sexually harassed him several times and for the first time the singer touched him inappropriately during a party held at his in-laws. Similarly, her husband Muhammad Mahmood had recorded his statement in January 2020 and now Ali Zafar's lawyers will cross-examine Mesha Shafi and other witnesses including the three persons. After Mesha Shafi, the cross-examination of her husband and other witnesses will be completed, after which the court will likely decide the case.
Ali Zafar had filed a defamation suit against Mesha Shafi after the singer accused him of sexual harassment in April 2018, which he denied. Ali Zafar later filed a defamation suit against Mesha Shafi in the Sessions Court for making false allegations, which has been pending for the last three and a half years.