KARACHI: Justice Sajjad Ali Shah of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday has remarked in the Sindh Police contempt of court case that he does not have a personal dispute with anyone.
The court heard the Sindh Police contempt of court case however, Inspector General (IG) other officials were not indicted today.
Justice Shah said that the court took notice because the matter involves institution’s credibility. Farooq H Naik, counsel for the defendant said that ten police officials were not served show-cause notices. The court said that as many as seven officers have been charge framed.
The judge offered the counsel to have a look on the charges.
Sindh Police Additional IG’s counsel Rashid A Rizvi maintained that his client was not served any show-cause notice. The court would not hear anyone who has returned from the Supreme Court (SC), the judge remarked.
Naik said that the court should first clear matter regarding authority over suo-moto. The court replied that the case is not about sou-moto action but contempt of court. The counsel for the defendant said that Sindh Police is apologizing since the day one and still is.
Justice Shah mentioned that the media kept on reporting SHC’s besiege for at least two hours. The media stated that the court was kept ‘hostage’, he added.
Sindh Advocate General questioned that yardstick and argued that media gives long airtimes to different matters including those in which a woman slaps a constable. However, the court stated that it seemed as if ‘200 slaps were simultaneously bombarded’.
The hearing was adjourned until December 15.
This is not the first time that the court has deferred indictment of police officers including the IG.
In the last hearing, the Advocate General had told the court that he saw the incident on TV and was surprised to see police performance. He said that Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Qaim Ali Shah wanted to take action against the incident but could not due to court’s proceedings.
The Advocate General also stated in the court that Major Saleem was leading the masked officials in plain clothes. He further demanded the CDs of the footage pertaining to the whole incident while the court stated that the department has already given the data twice.
Inspector General of Sindh Police Ghulam Haider Jamali and others were charged in contempt of court case for the siege of the High Court’s building and torture on the former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s guards and media men by Commandos of the Special Security Unit (SSU) on March 23.
The policemen had also smashed several parked vehicles and snatched cameras from journalists.