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SC seeks IGP’s report in minor rape case

SC seeks IGP’s report in minor rape case

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday directed the Inspector General of Police, Punjab, to submit a report within two weeks about progress in investigation and arrest of the accused involved in rape of a five-year-old girl of Mughalpura, Lahore.

Earlier, IGP Khan Baig appeared before a three-judge bench and stated that as many as 194 suspects had been interrogated so far, however, no arrest was made due to unavailability of solid evidence. He said the DIG Investigation was monitoring the investigation and the case would be taken to its logical end soon.

He sought time to submit final report about the investigation in the case and with regard to arrest of the culprits. The bench allowed the request and adjourned hearing for two weeks. The bench was holding suo motu proceedings at Lahore registry against non-arrest of the culprits involved in the rape of the minor girl. Acting Advocate General Punjab Mustafa Ramday and SP CIA (Organized Crime) Umar Virk also appeared before the bench.

Mean while, hearing a suo motu case against PIC spurious medicine scandal, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the manufacturing company of the killing tablet (Isotab) to enhance the compensation amount for the heirs to the victims.

Heading the bench, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani observed that since it had been established in inquiries that the tablet manufactured by the pharmaceutical company was the main source of the deaths of cardiac patients, the company was responsible to pay a respectful compensation, even money could not be an alternate for a life. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman were other members of the bench.

The counsel of pharmaceutical company stated that the company had announced giving Rs300,000 each to heirs to the victims.

The bench, however, rejected the proposal and remarked that the company should pay the compensation equal to the Punjab government (Rs500,000 each).
Justice Nisar observed it was a height of cruelty that a patient took medicine for life but got death in return. The judge said the court would decide the compensation amount if the company failed to do so. The bench adjourned the hearing till December 26 and directed the counsel to come up with final reply of the company.

The Karachi based company was the manufacturer of the tablet “Isotab”, which led to deaths of the cardiac patients who were supplied the spurious medicine at Punjab Institute of Cardiology. Shadman police had registered a case against the administration of the pharmaceutical company.

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