Judge transfers defamation case against Meesha Shafi to another court

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LAHORE: A local court on Wednesday approved Meesha Shafi’s request to transfer the defamation suit filed by Ali Zafar against her to another court.

The move by the court came a couple of days after Meesha Shafi complained against the judge hearing Ali Zafar’s defamation suit against her.

Meesha had claimed that the judge was biased against her and the way he had conducted proceedings was evidence of that. District and Sessions judge Muhammad Khalid Nawaz had reserved his verdict on Shafi’s application.

Meesha had claimed that the judge hearing the defamation suit had helped witnesses record statements against her. She had also claimed that he had fined her counsel without any reason.

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Muhammad Khalid Nawaz conducted proceedings of the case today (Wednesday) and asked Meesha’s counsel regarding a judge the singer approved of. He then gave orders to transfer the case to another court immediately.

Meesha Shafi made headlines last year when she accused her former friend and colleague Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Meesha claimed that Ali Zafar physically harassed her on more than once occasion–one of these instances taking place at a jam session.

Ali Zafar denied the allegations and filed a defamation suit against Meesha Shafi under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 for Rs1 billion.

The dispute between the two became a flashpoint once again a few weeks ago when Ali Zafar spoke out against Meesha Shafi.

Appearing on TV, Ali Zafar broke down and alleged that Meesha had used the #MeToo movement to damage him.

Ali Zafar and his lawyers claim that Meesha is using delaying tactics by not appearing before the court.

Meesha Shafi and her lawyer claim that the singer and actress was not called to court.