SHC adjourns hearing of court’s contempt case against 14 police officers

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the court’s contempt case against as many as 14 police officers of the province including Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Haider Jamali and former Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo till 1st week of 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.

In Wednesday’s hearing, police officers once again submitted unconditional apology to the court. The Advocate General (AG) Sindh stated that the government wanted to take action against the responsible. He said that currently the police is busy in targeted operation and security measures for the upcoming local government elections. “The moral of the police officers and personnel would fall after the indictment of top police officials”, AG stated.

After the arguments, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till the first week of 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.

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.