SC summons IGP over ‘dishonest’ investigator

Next hearing of case scheduled for today

​ Our Correspondent May 12, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Monday declared an Islamabad police investigation officer (IO) as ‘dishonest’ and summoned the Inspector General of Islamabad Police (IGP) Aamir Zulfiqar Khan to decide the fate of corrupt officers in the force.

This was directed as a two-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin, heard a case about the illegal occupation of a plot.

While addressing Koral police station investigation officer (IO) Tasadduq Hussain, the chief justice remarked that even dishonesty has some limits.

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He contended that Hussain had deliberately left lacunas in the interim charge sheet of the case.

The court further asserted that the investigator intended to give leniency in the final charge sheet to the party which fulfils his demands.

“Why are the IOs bent on putting their jobs at risk?” Chief Justice Ahmed inquired, adding that all dishonest IOs will be sacked.

The bench asked the IGP to inform the court about what to do with such investigating officers. Justice Amin remarked that land-grabbers enjoy great influence in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

He further said that the state’s writ is not visible anywhere in the twin cities and people do not fear the law anymore.

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He added that the IO has not been able to determine the ownership of the grabbed property since February 16.

The court summoned the IGP to decide about the fate of all such IOs in the federal police and adjourned the hearing until May 12.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2020.


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