SHC orders police not taking coercive action against brother of Shahrukh Jatoi

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday restrained police from taking any coercive action regarding freezing the property of the brother of Shahrukh Jatoi, key accused in Shahzeb Khan murder case.

The petitioner, Shahzad Jatoi, brother of Shahrukh Jatoi moved court for seeking its directives to restrain police from confiscating his property.

Petitioner through his counsel, G N Qureshi submitted that apex court through its order in the Shahzeb Khan murder case was pleased to direct the Inspector General of Police to cause arrest of the accused person within 24 hours and had called report in this regard.

He stated that after the order of Supreme Court police without initiation of proceedings as required under section 87 and 88 CR.P.C started confiscating the properties which do not even belong to the accused, adding that the property actually belong to him.

According to petitioner, the act of confiscating properties of the relatives of the accused and threats of freezing accounts on the pretext of apex court’s order which nowhere says to violate the relevant provision of code of criminal procedure was illegal.

Petitioner held that apex court order to act in accordance with law was being flouted by the police at their sweet will.

He submitted that despite requests, police has confiscated the property that has nothing to do with accused.

He contended that police officer or anybody else can not initiate proceedings as required under section 87 and 88 CR. P.C against the brother of any other relative of accused.

Citing secretary home department Sindh, Inspector General of Police, and SHO Darakhshan police station as respondents, the petitioner prayed to court that respondents be restrained from confiscating his property.

The single bench of SHC comprising of Justice Syed Farooq Muhammad Shah issued notice to all respondents as well as advocate general of Sindh.

The court ordered, “In meantime respondents, IGP and SHO of concerned police station are directed to ensure that no coercive action be taken against the petitioner”.

The hearing of case was put off till January 11.

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