KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has issued notice to the provincial chiefs of police and Rangers on a petition accusing their subordinates of demanding bribe for release of two ‘missing persons’.
Headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, the bench also issued notice to the provincial home secretary, inspector general of police and others for July 18.
Abdullah Jan took the home secretary, DG Rangers, Rangers Colonel Pervaiz, IG police, DIG Crime Investigation Department, SSP East Range and Sohrab Goth police station’s house officer to the court.
He told the judges that the uniformed personnel of the police and Rangers raided his cousin’s house in the limits of Sohrab Goth police station on March 10. The personnel, who had come in armored personnel carriers, took away Shiraz Ayaz and Naimatullah to some unknown place.
“At first when the detainees’ families approached the police and Rangers officials, they did not disclose the location of the two men. Later, they demanded Rs200,000 as bribe to secure safe release and return of the detainees,” Jan alleged.
He added that the families of the detained persons were poor and could not afford to pay bribe.
“This is why the law enforcers have kept the two innocent citizens in unlawful detention since March 10,” said the petitioner’s lawyer, Muhammad Azam Memon. “This is a sheer violation of the articles 4, 9 and 25 of the Constitution that protect the fundamental rights of every citizen,” he argued.
The lawyer pleaded to the court to order police and Rangers high-ups to produce the detainees in court along with record of criminal case, if any, against them.
The bench issued notice to the home secretary, provincial chiefs of police and Rangers, Rangers Colonel Pervaiz, DIG CID, SSP East, SHO Sohrab Goth police and deputy attorney general for July 18 to file comments.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.
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