Contempt of court case: IG’s indictment deferred till Dec 15

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday deferred the indictment of as many as 14 police officers of the province including Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Haider Jamali and former Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo while adjourning the hearing of the court’s contempt case against them till 15th December.

A SHC bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing the petition filed by former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza seeking court’s contempt proceeding against top policemen of the province for besieging SHC and beating his guards and journalists on 23rd May 2015.

The judges observed that they don’t have personal grudge with any officer but it is the matter of the institutions’ sanctity and strong decisions need to be taken to protect institutions.

After the arguments, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till the 15th December.

The contempt of court’s proceeding was initiated against the police officers when the armed masked personnel had besieged the SHC during Dr Mirza’s presence in an apparent bid to arrest him. The personnel had subjected to torture the private guards of Dr Mirza and several media persons at the main gate of SHC on 23rd May this year. The personnel had also smashed parked vehicles and cameras from journalist.

This is not the first time that SHC deferred the indictment of top police officers as on it was deferred on 25th November as well.

According to the court’s earlier order, IGP Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, then Additional IGP Karachi, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, SSP captain retired Mohammad Asad, Incharge Special Investigation Unit Major retired Saleem and other top police officers had submitted unconditional apology to the court, but all of them were rejected by the bench.