A special anti-terrorism court (ATC) directed on Friday the authorities to allow medical treatment to the accused in the case pertaining to the murder of former Orangi Pilot Project director Parveen Rehman.
An ATC judge was hearing the petition to record the statements of the accused, filed by major witnesses from the five Joint Investigation Teams formed for probing the case of the murder of the leading community developer of the city's largest slum.
At the outset of the hearing at Karachi Central Jail, one of the accused, Amjad, filed a plea seeking medical treatment.
The court accepted Amjad's plea and sought a report from the jail authorities on the next hearing, while directing them to provide medical treatment to the accused.
The statements of the accused are expected to be recorded on the next hearing. According to the prosecution, Rehman had been killed in 2013 allegedly by land grabbers in the Orangi town locality where she was working for past many decades for the uplift of the poorest sections of the society.
Wrong FIR case
Separately, ATC no 12 directed Sindh additional inspector general of police (AIG) to take action against the errant SHO for registering a wrong FIR.
At the outset of the hearing, the court remarked that a grenade was found from a gutter on March 17, 2021 but no suspect was arrested.
It stated that the police presented a report for making the case A class but the court didn't agree to the charge sheet submitted by the police.
"How could the police apply the section 4/5 when no one has been nominated in the case," remarked the court. The court declared the case false and made it C class while disposing the police's report for making the case A class.
The report meant that anyone can be nominated as accused in the case at any moment, the court observed.
It directed the Sindh AIG to take legal action against SITE A SHO Inspector Karim Bux to avoid any such cases in the future.
Police took the grenade to a member of the provincial assembly from the area, Saeed Afridi, and summoned the Bomb Disposal Squad to defuse it. A clearance certificate was also issued after the disposal of grenade .
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2021.
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