Factory fire: SHC seeks report on forensic probe results

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday directed concerned respondents to submit detailed report as to whether various forensic testing of factory fire incident in Baldia Karachi as required have been done or not and if done to what extent and with what results.

Headed by the Justice Maqbool Baqar, the division bench was seized with the petition seeking judicial inquiry into gutted garment factory Ali Enterprises – where nearly 258 people were also burnt alive in deadly fire.

On Wednesday Amar Raza Naqvi, advocate for factory owners submitted that various tests are required to be carried in respect of incident, he’ however’ added that concerned respondents have not disclosed as to whether they have carried out any such forensic test.

He presented before the court sealed envelope which contained the details of the assets of the factory owners. The Court said that the sealed envelope is taken on the record and it shall be decided later that as to whether documents and their details may or may not be disclosed.

Faisal Siddique on behalf of the petitioners submitted that despite directives of the court the report of enquiry commission has not been submitted by the officials as yet.

Shafi Muhammad Memon, additional advocate general stated that the government has not received such report. While counsel for the petitioners ruled out such statement and said the report has in fact been delivered to the government by the commission formally.

The court directed the additional advocate general to obtain the report and submit before this court within one week.

Faisal Siddique submitted that despite orders complete details of the compensation granted or announced for the victim’s families have not been furnished by the concerned respondents yet.

The court directed the concerned respondents to furnish full details with regard to the compensation as ordered by this court earlier.

The court observed that the DNA reports of the remaining victims have not been furnished and the investigation officer present in the court submitted that out of the samples drawn, the DNA laboratory at Islamabad have returned the seven samples and has asked for drawing of fresh samples which is underway.

The court repeated its directions to the authorities concerned that samples drawing be carried out under the supervision of the competent and efficient professionals so that the same may not be rejected in future at all.

The court further directed the authorities concerned that the DNA reports be submitted within two weeks from the today.

The court put off the hearing till January 10, 2013.