KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) put off on Monday the contempt of court proceedings against former Sindh inspector general Ghulam Hyder Jamali and nine other police officers till December 12.
A division bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, fixed the hearing for December 12.
The court initiated contempt proceedings against Jamali and the others after the siege of the anti-terrorism court and high court buildings, during which supporters of former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza and journalists were tortured by masked police commandos in May last year.
The officers facing contempt proceedings include Jamali, former Karachi additional IG Ghulam Qadir Thebo, South DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed, West DIG Feroze Shah, SSP Captain (retd) Muhammad Asad, Special Security Unit officer SSP Major (retd) Saleem, legal AIG Faisal Bashir Memon, SSP Fida Hussain Janwari, SP Saddar Zeeshan Shafiq Siddiqui, former Saddar SP Raees Abdul Ghani, West headquarters SP Tahir Noorani and sub-inspector Jehangir Mahar.
On December 24, 2015, the division bench, comprising justices Ahmed Ali Sheikh and Muhammad Farooq Shah, had declined to proceed with the case after the alleged contemners expressed 'no confidence' in the judges. The matter was referred to the SHC chief justice, who then constituted another bench to hear the case.
When the matter was taken up on January 18 this year, one of the judges of the new bench, Justice Karim Khan Agha, also declined to hear the case. Thus, the chief justice was once again forced to constitute a new bench.
On February 17, the third bench had declined to proceed with the matter, as one of its members, Justice Sadiq Hussain Bhatti, distanced himself from the case.
The fourth bench, comprising justices Munib Akhtar and Muhammad Junaid Ghaffar, was assigned the matter to hear and decide the same.
On Monday, Jamali, former Karachi AIG Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Major (retd) Saleem were present in the court. However, the bench put off the hearing till December 12.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2016.
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