SHC issues notice on Shahrukh Jatoi’s plea seeking transfer of case

April 16, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday directed Prosecutor General of Sindh to file comments in a petition of Shahrukh Jatoi, prime accused in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case for transfer of the his case to Sessions Court.

Headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, the division bench issued notice to the prosecutor general of Sindh and put off the hearing of the case to 24 April.

Jatoi, along with Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur, and their cook Ghulam Murtaza Lashari, have been accused of murdering the 20yearold in his car over a minor dispute near Mubarak Masjid in DHA during the early hours of December 25, 2012.

The petitioner, who has challenged the decision of antiterrorism court ATC, whereby ATC dismissed his application seeking transfer of case from ATC to Sessions Court, submitted through his counsel that investigation officer under the influence of media campaign has added Section 7 of the Antiterrorism Act 1997 in the charge sheet. However, he added that content of the FIR lodged against him and other accused did not contain any element of terrorism.

Plaintiff submitted that all the prosecution witnesses have not given statements under sections 161 and 164 of CrPC that the accused has committed a terrorist act. The petitioner submitted that he had no prior criminal history, nor any connection with banned outfit; hence he added that the charge sheet filed in ATC was illegal and unlawful.

He pleaded the court to set aside the order of ATC regarding transfer of case and it may be transferred to a Sessions Court.