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Actress Komal's 'runaway' landlord granted bail by SHC

Actress Komal's 'runaway' landlord granted bail by SHC

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has reportedly granted bail to Jahanzeb Shahani, former landlord of TV actress Komal Aziz Khan, who had been booked on the orders of the Sindh chief minister on charges of manhandling the family members of Khan.

A first information report (FIR) was registered against Shahani at Darakhshan police station on October 5 on the orders of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, after the former's tenant Komal Khan accused her landlord Shahani of manhandling her sister and uncle

However, Shahani was later granted bail by the SSHC's Hyderabad bench, where, according to the actress, he has "run off to" along with his family, Khan said in a post on Facebook.

Actress Komal Aziz Khan had accused Jahanzeb of extorting money and threatening her family after she asked him to pay the security deposit he allegedly owed her.

The Station House Officer (SHO) of Darakhshan police station, Ahsen Zulfiqar, had warned Jahanzeb earlier when Khan tried to file a complaint against him for mistreating her.

The actress, in a Facebook post, accused that her family had rented and moved into Jahanzeb's apartment after her father's demise and had been subjected to unfair treatment at the hands of the landlord.

She claimed that the apartment, located in DHA Karachi, was in a "disgusting" condition, with a broken sewerage system and the electric circuits were "faulty" when they acquired it.

She further alleged that Jahanzeb and his mother would visit their apartment and try to threaten and extort money from the family under the guise of maintenance charges that were directly paid to the building administration.

When their contract expired in July this year, the actress asked Jahanzeb to pay back the three-month security deposit before the family vacated the house. According to Khan, Shahani refused to pay and disconnected the apartment's electricity. He allegedly also beat the electrician who was called by Khan's family to fix the electricity connection.

Later, she claims, Shahani showed up at the apartment with "four armed guards who pointed their rifles at [her]".

When Komal Khan went to Darakhshan police station to lodge an FIR of the incident, she claims SHO Zulfiqar advised her to negotiate with Jahanzeb's father Rafiq Shahani instead. The landlor's father then assured Khan that Jahanzaib will return the security deposit and asked them to vacate the apartment in a month's time.

However, after Khan moved to another house with her family, she alleged that the Shahani family refused to pay them back and hit her uncle when he went to talk to them.

Khan said she will pursue a case against the Shahani family who, she claims, are trying to intimidate her and her family because they are women.

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