SC asks to increase number of inspectors to expedite anti-terror cases

June 15, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Supreme Court’s Justice Anwar Zaheer, who is also the monitoring judge of the anti-terrorism courts, has directed the authorities to increase the number of inspectors and assign them to the terrorism-related cases.

He issued these directions during a meeting to review the performance of the ATCs in the province.

The minutes of the meeting said that Justice Jamali was informed that the investigation of anti-terrorism cases cannot be assigned to the police officers below the rank of an Inspector. The meeting was told that no progress was made in increasing the number of inspectors and this was causing inordinate delay in submission of challans in courts.

The provincial home secretary told the chair that the government was keen on raising the number of inspectors which would help avoid delays in submission of challans.

Justice Jamali directed the authorities to immediately take steps to increase the number of police inspectors and assign them to the terrorism cases as presently there are around 50 investigating inspectors, who cannot pull off the growing backlog of cases.

The chair expressed displeasure when it was told that out of 190 challans, 33 challans are yet to be submitted and no plausible explanation has been offered for the delay. It directed the SSPs of Investigation Wing to examine the reasons for non-completion of challans and proceed against the officers if no plausible explanation is offered.

The meeting took notice of the non-payment of funds to Investigation Wing, saying if it is not given cost to undertake this exercise, it is next to impossible for it to investigate and submit challans in court in time.

It directed the Sindh police chief to disburse the entire allocated funds within 07 days. The judge observed that this omission would further deteriorate law and order situation in Karachi if Investigation Wing cannot be strengthened.