Friday May 27 2022

Court disposes of pre-arrest bail plea of TikToker who set Margalla forest ablaze

Picture collage of TikToker Dolly. — Twitter/ Instagram/dollyofficial1
Picture collage of TikToker Dolly. — Twitter/ Instagram/dollyofficial1

  • Judge rejects bail application of social media personality due to her absence.
  • Police personnel reach outside courtroom to arrest Dolly.
  • Dolly was present in lawyer's chamber instead of courtroom.

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court in Islamabad has disposed of the pre-arrest bail plea submitted by a TikToker who had allegedly set the Margalla forest on fire to film a video.

During the hearing of the bail plea on Friday, the court called out TikToker Nausheen Saeed's — better known as Dolly — name thrice but she did not show up.

Upon this, Additional Sessions Judge Abida Sajjad inquired from Dolly's lawyer regarding her whereabouts. In response, her lawyer said that "she was present within the court's premises but had applied for a transfer". 

Dolly's lawyer requested the judge to accept his client's pre-arrest bail plea, but the judge remarked that the "provisions of the case could not be heard by this court". 

As a result, the judge rejected the bail application of the social media personality due to her absence.

Following the court's decision, police personnel reached outside the courtroom to arrest Dolly, as instead of appearing before the court, she had gone to the lawyer's chamber.

Upon seeing the police, Dolly appeared in the courtroom but Judge Sajjad rejected her bail plea once again.

Dolly came under fire a week ago after one of her controversial videos went viral on social media. In the footage, two young people could be seen setting a forest on fire at Margalla Hills to add a "dramatic effect" to their TikTok video. 

Consequently, wildlife officials demanded action against the TikToker, after which the Islamabad Police registered a case against her on the complaint of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for setting the Margalla forest ablaze.

Dolly, however, denied the accusations and claimed that she had no involvement in setting any forest ablaze.