SHC orders disciplinary action against cops for committing excessesSeptember 25, 2014
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday ordered DIGP East Zone to ensure disciplinary proceedings against police officers for committing ‘excesses’ in arresting Qazi Zafar Abbas, finance director at the University of Karachi.
Two-judge bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh also directed investigation officer to finalize fresh probe into the theft case registered against finance director and his father within two weeks and submit report thereof.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by KU’s legal department, Asif Mukhtar, Qazi Zafar Abbas and his father Qazi Athar Abbass, who moved the court for quashment of case registered against Zafar and his father.
Counsel for petitioners submitted that LEAs personnel arrested Zafar near Rab Medical Centre when he was being driven to the university.
He said that police officials snatched his cellular phone and personal belongings and also did not allow him to inform his family members about arrest. He was treated as if he was a hardened criminal, he added.
He said that a false and fabricated case was registered against him. Neither in FIR nor in statement under section 161 CrPc, the complainant and her witnesses had produced any evidence to corroborate allegations of theft. Therefore, he pleaded with the court to order quashment of the case.
Following the court order, DIGP East Zone conducted an inquiry into case registered against Zafar and his father and submitted a report, stating Shamim, alias Maryam, had lodged an FIR at the Sohrab Goth police station against them for illegally entering her house and also stealing cellular phone and Rs10000.
The report said social and financial status of the complainant is totally incongruent with the offence mentioned in the FIR. There is very likelihood that petitioners were implicated in the FIR with mala fide intentions, it added.
“The case was not properly investigated in a professional manner and many lacunas were left in the case. The proceedings of the investigation are questionable.”
The report said it was surprising that no efforts were made to arrest petitioners during investigation and particularly the fact that he was not informed about the FIR during course of investigation whereas petitioner is a high-ranking officer at Karachi University and could be easily approached.
However, it said, some excesses were committed by the police officer – SI Aslam and SI Mehboob Elahi who took petitioner into custody and did not allow him to communicate with the family.
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