Property dispute: Pre-arrest bail granted in fake investigation case

Police officials accused of changing the complainant’s name in FIR to acquit suspects.

Our Correspondent August 13, 2013
The accused had applied for pre-arrest bail contending that they were innocent. PHOTO: FILE


Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Tariq Javed on Tuesday confirmed the pre-arrest bail of six men including two policemen and a deputy superintendent in a private complaint.

They are accused of changing the name of the complainant in an FIR and conducting a fake investigation into the murder of the petitioner’s son.

Petitioner Enayat Masih had filed a private complaint against Ichhra Circle Deputy Superintendent Shams Durrani, Shadman Inspector Amjad Ali, Shadman Sub Inspector Abdul Khaliq, Abdul Ghafoor Qureshi, Talat Qureshi and Shafqat Rasool.

He had contended that Ghafoor Qureshi, Talat Qureshi and Rasool had killed his son Asif Masih following a property dispute and Durrani, Ali and Khaliq had conducted a fake investigation by changing the complainant in an FIR Enayat Masih had registered.

He said that in 2011, the police officials had implicated his son in a false case under Section 9/C of Control of Narcotic Substances Act (punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and his son had then sent an application to the Chief Minister’s Complaint Cell. A departmental inquiry had been initiated against DSP Shams Durrani. Since that day, Enayat Masih said, the DSP bore a grudge against his son.

The deputy superintendent had visited their house and threatened his son with dire consequences if he continued to submit applications against him. He said that his son was later shot dead by Ghafoor Qureshi, Talat Qureshi and Rasool on April 15, 2011.

An FIR under Section 302/34 (murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code had been registered but other Sections 109, 148 and 149 (abetment, rioting and conspiracy) had not been inserted, said Anayat Masih.

The police officials later removed his name as the complainant and nominated a man named Nadeem in his stead.

They conducted a fake investigation to acquit the suspects.

Enayat Masih prayed the court to take strict action against the police officials who he said had changed the complainant’s name in the FIR.

He said they had  conducted a fake investigation, to include Sections 102,109,148 and 149 of the PPC in the FIR and to order an impartial inquiry by honest officials into his son’s death.

The accused had applied for pre-arrest bail contending that they were innocent.

The judge confirmed their pre-arrest bails against Rs100,000 bail bonds each.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2013.


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