SHC adjourns court’s contempt case against IG, others

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of a contempt of court case against as many as 14 police officers of the Sindh province, including Inspector General Police (IGP) Ghulam Haider Jamali and former additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo, till 22nd December 2015.

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

IGP Jamali was present in the hearing whereas Advocate General (AG) Sindh remained absent. The bench asked the reason of AG’s absence on which his assistant replied that he was not able to present due to illness. The court adjourned the hearing of the case until December 22.

Earlier, the IGP Jamali once again submitted unconditional apology in the court and requested it not to indict him in the case. The contempt of court’s proceeding was initiated against the police officers when the armed masked men had besieged the SHC during Dr Mirza’s presence in an apparent bid to arrest him.

The masked men had subjected torture to the private guards of Dr Mirza and several media personnel at the main gate of the SHC on May 23rd. The masked men had also smashed parked vehicles and snatched cameras from journalists. This is not the first time that the SHC deferred the indictment of top police officers, as earlier, it it was deferred on November 25th as well.

According to the court’s earlier order, Sindh IGP, then additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo, SSP Captain (r) Mohammad Asad, In charge Special Investigation Unit Major (r ) Saleem and other top police officers had submitted unconditional apology to the court, but all of them were rejected by the SHC bench.