KARACHI: Granting a request for time to submit a report, the Supreme Court (SC) adjourned the hearing of suo motu action on illegal organ transplant for one-week.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising justices Faisal Arab and Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing the case at the SC’s Karachi Registry on Saturday.
The CJP remarked that he wanted to meet Dr Adibul Hassan Rizvi, the head of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation but he was not available. Munir A Malik, a member of the committee formed to suggest ways to curb illegal transplantation in the country, said that the committee’s report is ready and will be presented soon.
On his request, Justice Nisar granted an extra week to submit the report.
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Separately, the same bench summoned former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director-general Shahid Hayat in a case relating to action against policemen with patchy records. The bench also summoned a report from the provincial and federal governments on action taken against such officers in two weeks.
Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi presented a new inquiry report against such police officers on Saturday. In his remarks, the CJP inquired about the number of top officers against whom action had been taken, to which the provincial advocate-general replied that inquiries against 17 senior officers had been handed over to the federation.
He also said that inquiries against six officers have been completed and one officer is in jail. The report pointed out more than 4,000 illegal appointments were made in the Sindh police. Inquiries took place against officers including a former inspector-general of police, four DIGs, 25 SPs and 60 SSPs. Justice Nisar directed the inquiry reports against the officers be presented.
The deputy attorney-general said the section officer has sent an incomplete report, to which the CJP inquired how many officers were on the list that was received and against how many action had been taken. He also asked about the number of pending inquiries. The deputy attorney-general replied that action was recommended against Syed Salman, Fida Hussain Shah, former IG Ghulam Haider Jamali, Shahab Mazhar Maleeh, Aitzaz Goraiya, Azfar Hussain, Umar Tufail and Khalid Mustafa Korai.
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The National Accountability Bureau prosecutor informed the court that a reference against the police officers has been filed in the accountability court.
The CJP inquired how many districts were remaining where action had to be taken. AIG Abbasi replied that investigations in the eight remaining police districts have also been completed and the names of the police officers involved in illegal appointments have been handed over to the Sindh government. The court summoned reports from the provincial and federal governments on the matter.
The SC bench ordered that it be informed of the number of police officers against whom final action had been taken.
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