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LHC CJ takes suo motu of four incidents

LAHORE: Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif of the Lahore High Court on Monday took four suo motu notices on different incidents of violence, lawlessness and apathy of authorities observing that these have invited attention of public and especially of media and attained alarming proportions; therefore, the court would like to know about the actions taken by the authorities.

The first incident on which the suo motu notice was taken was about the death of a minor girl by falling in a dirty water drain in Mughalpura area, of which the WASA has not taken any responsibility.

According to a news published in various newspapers, a two-year old girl, Areeba Imtiaz, fell in the drain while playing outside her house in Katchi Abadi Muhammadpura Colony of Mughalpura.

The locals and the relatives of the victim family complained that despite repeated requests, the WASA authorities did not erect walls around the drain. The Chief Justice has summoned the managing director (MD) of WASA for Tuesday (today) along with complete record of the incident. He also directed the MD to appraise the court about the progress in the matter.

In the second case, the notice of killing of a 21-year old youth, Hassan Shahzad, in custody of Iqbal Town police was taken.

Hassan, son of Humayun Khan, a resident of Yakki Gate, was taken in custody by constables Shahbaz and Dilbar in a narcotics case.

He was reportedly beaten in the police custody and was later taken to a doctor but could not survive. The duty officer of the police station claimed that the deceased was an addict.

The CJ has directed the SP concerned and the investigating officer to appear before the court on Tuesday (today) along with record and appraise the court about progress in the matter.

In the third case, the CJ took notice of a news item published in newspapers that some unidentified people threw acid on a Daska based lawyer, Moazzam Malik, in front of his house at Jethikey, Sambrial on Saturday and the victim sustained serious injuries.

In this case, the CJ has directed the SP and IO concerned to appear along with record of the incident and inform the court about steps taken in this regard.

The fourth suo motu was taken on a news item saying that on May 3 last during the visit of Chief Justice of Pakistan in Kot Lakhpat jail, an aged woman, Sughran Bibi, complaint while beating her chest that her son, Ghulam Barri, has not been released from the jail even after completing his 25 years sentence.

In this case, the CJ has summoned the superintendent of the jail with complete record of the Barri. In all suo motu cases, the Advocate General Punjab was also directed to ensure the compliance of the court’s orders and to assist the court on the matters on Tuesday (today).

The Additional Registrar (Judicial) was also directed to dispatch the copies of these orders immediately to the Advocate General Punjab for doing the needful.
Source: The News
Date:5/5/2009

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