The High Court wrapped up hearings in the case of Haleemath Lamha, a key figure accused in the murder of Filipino nurse Mary Grace at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH). The proceedings centered on the debates over Lamha’s release on house arrest, raising questions about the reasons behind the decision.
Mary Grace’s husband, Marvin, was charged with her murder in October 2021, with Lamha facing charges of participation in the crime. While both were initially remanded in custody, the Criminal Court recently released Lamha on house arrest with specific conditions. The prosecution promptly appealed this decision to the High Court.
The prosecution argued that the Criminal Court’s decision to release Lamha did not consider her substantial involvement in Mary’s murder, emphasizing that the delay in the case’s proceedings should not be grounds for such a release. Concerns were raised about the reasoning behind the three-month duration for Lamha’s house arrest and the adequacy of the imposed conditions.
Lamha’s defense team contended that the delay in the case and her lack of a criminal record justified the house arrest decision. They argued that the prosecution’s assertion of Lamha being a danger to society was unfounded, highlighting that the lower court took precautions to mitigate any potential risks.
As the hearings concluded, the bench, led by Justice Hassan Shafiu, Chief Justice Hussain Shaheed, and Justice Abdullah Shaniz, raised questions about the legal basis for Lamha’s release and the balance between societal interests and the accused’s rights. The defense emphasized the distinction between a new arrest and conditional release.
The verdict is now awaited as the High Court assesses the arguments presented during the hearings, shaping the fate of Haleemath Lamha in connection to the tragic murder case.