RAWALPINDI: A suspended deputy superintendent of police (DSP), former Ratta Amral police station house officer (SHO) and a suspended sub inspector were arrested on Monday for delaying the registration of a rape case.
Former City Circle DSP Taimoor Khan, Ratta Amral SHO Jawad Abbas and SI Zaffar Iqbal were arrested by the Civil Lines police after a special anti-corruption judge denied them pre-arrest bail.
The city police had registered a criminal case against three for one-month delay in the registration of rape case. Moreover, they were also found guilty of forging official documents to cover up their crime, as was revealed by an investigation into the matter.
The FIR was registered on April 20 following a departmental inquiry on the directions of the Supreme Court in a suo moto case.
The complainant had attempted to have the Ratta Amral police register an FIR on March 21. He had nominated three men of raping his daughter. However, the police did not register the report until April 18, and even that was only after the SC took a suo motu notice of the case.
Police high ups removed then Rawal Town SP Malik Matloob Ahmed and suspended DSP Khan and two other police officers.
Meanwhile, Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed issued notices to the Rawalpindi city police officer and SHO Ratta Amral after DSP Khan filed a petition seeking cancellation of the FIR registered against him.
The DSP challenged Police Order 2002, arguing that it was promulgated through a presidential ordinance and was never validated by the parliament.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2012.