A deputy superintendent of police (DSP), who was earlier suspended for negligence, challenged the Police Order 2002 in the Lahore High Court on Wednesday. Police officials are currently taking departmental action against the official along with a few others on the basis of the same act.
Former Rawalpindi City DSP Taimur Khan has requested the court to cancel the FIR registered against him under the police order and stop the police from initiatiating action against him.
Khan along with former SHO Ratta Amral Jawad Abbas and former Sub Inspector Muhammad Tufail is accused of misuse of authority and delaying the registeration of a rape case by almost one month.
Khan and Abbas obtained bail before arrest from the court of an additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday while SI Tufail was denied pre-arrest bail.
The police officers were booked after a departmental inquiry ordered by the Supreme Court in a suo motu case found them guilty of negligence. The LHC’s Rawalpindi bench is likely to take up the petion next week.
On March 21, Muhammad Aslam complained to Ratta Amral police that three men raped his daughter. The police however registered the FIR on April 18 after the SC took a suo motu notice of the delay. The apex court also ordered an inquiry into the incident which was then launched by City Police Officer Rawalpindi Azhar Hameed Khokhar. After the report was finalsied, the CPO removed SP Rawal Malik Matloob Ahmed and suspended DSP Khan and two other police officers.
In his petition, the former DSP has maintained that the Police Order 2002 was never ratified by parliament after it was promulgated by the military dictator Pervez Musharraf.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.