ISLAMABAD: A three member Supreme Court bench was informed on Tuesday that Shahrukh Jatoi, a prime suspect in Shahzeb murder case, had escaped the country by giving bribe to a porter at Karachi Airport.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed was hearing a suo moto case pertaining to assassination of 20year old Shahzeb Khan at Defence area of Karachi on December 25, 2013.
A police investigating officer Mubeen apprised the court that Shahrukh Jatoi had escaped the country by bribing a porter at the airport. He requested the court to inquire from the Federal Investigation Agency FIA about the back doors at the airport from where people are sent abroad stealthily.
He said he had contacted a porter to go abroad and he had told him that those gates had been shut down now after the orders issued by the Supreme Court during hearing of Shahzeb murder case. He also requested the court to inquire from FIA about the duties of shift incharge and deputy director at the airport.
After hearing the investigation officer, the court directed DIG Shahid Hayat to produce results. The chief justice said that the porter was being made a scapegoat in the case. He told the DIG that he will be responsible for any ignorance, as he had delegated the investigation of the case to a sub inspector.
“Have you seized the travel documents of Shahrukh Jatoi on the basis of which he managed to escape from the country”, the chief justice asked the DIG. The DIG stated that the documents were with the travelling agency and it was the duty of FIA to find out how Shahrukh Jatoi had managed to flee from the country.
The chief justice noted that this case should set an example so that the culprits should know that they will not be spared if any such incident occurred again. “You should have arrested the aides involved in Shahzeb murder case”, the chief justice asked the DIG.
“Except police, everyone knows about the assassinators of Shahzeb Khan”, Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked. He said it might be possible that police declared Shahrukh Jatoi as minor intentionally and asked the DIG whether he had scrutinized his educational certificates. The DIG stated that an identity card number was issued to him but no picture was found from the record.
He said investigations were underway to find out how the identity card number was issued to Shahrukh Jatoi if he was not 18 years old. He said his date of birth as per his passport, is November 22, 1995. The court asserted that the investigations should be carried out in a transparent manner, regardless of the influence of any party involved. It said legal proceedings should not be halted in any case. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing till February 4.
An antiterrorism court on Saturday sent Shahrukh Jatoi to a juvenile jail after a medical report showed he was a juvenile. The court sent four suspects to prison and directed the investigation officer IO to submit a charge sheet against them.