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Pak SC wants evidence for detaining Saeed

world Updated: Jul 14, 2009 01:30 IST

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Monday asked authorities to provide 'solid grounds' for detaining Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, more than a week after two petitions were filed before it against the release of the banned JuD chief, a key accused in the Mumbai attacks, from house arrest.

A three-member apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry adjourned till Tuesday the hearing of the two petitions filed by the federal and Punjab governments after hearing arguments by Punjab's Advocate General Muhammad Raza Farooq.

Farooq told the court that the Punjab government had filed the petition challenging the Lahore High Court's order freeing Saeed on two grounds -- one was compliance with the UN Security Council resolution imposing restrictions on the Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and the other was 'confidential evidence' against Saeed and his close aide Col (Retd) Nazir Ahmed.

The bench observed that the UN resolution only imposed restrictions on Saeed's movements. The chief justice remarked that the government could not curtail the liberties of an individual without evidence.

The bench also asked Farooq to justify the fresh plea for Saeed's detention with 'solid grounds'.