KARACHI: A division bench of the Sindh High Court on Thursday once again asked the Sindh police chief and Regional Police Officer of Hyderabad to recover and produce a detenue missing since over a year.
The bench comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Shafi Siddiqui also warned the SHO of Qasimabad that he would be held responsible if any harm was caused to the petitioner or detenue.
The bench then put off further proceedings till April 14 directing the petitioner to submit affidavit with evidence of neighbours who were witness to the raid and arrest of the missing man, Zulfiqar Ali Mirani, by a police party led by SHO Qasimabad.
The petitioner maintains that a police party raided family house in Wahdat Colony of Hyderabad and whisked away the man who is still in their custody but they are denying arrest and custody. It was also maintained that raiding party included two police officials who were suspended on the orders of high court in respect of enmity between police and petitioner side.
The counsel for petitioner told the bench on Thursday that 17 cases were lodged against petitioner and the missing man. In 14 cases he has been exonerated while two new cases were registered after the high court passed suspension orders.
The Qasimabad SHO who failed to appear on previous hearing has denied the raid and arrest of the missing man and said petitioner was making a false statement.
The bench inquired about an affidavit with respect to allegations of a raid and arrest. The counsel stated that the petitioner has filed his statement.
To another query by the bench, the petitioner’s counsel affirmed that neighbours witnessed the raid and arrest and he would file affidavits as directed by the court.
The bench adjourned the hearing and ordered them to ensure the recovery and production of the missing man before the court on next date of hearing fixed for April 14.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2012.