SHC to give consent on powers of special magistrate

Karachi: Sindh High Court (SHC) has decided to give consent to provincial government for conferring upon powers of special magistrate to administrative officers for curbing minor offences.

SHC official told journalists that home secretary and commissioner Karachi had written a letter to SHC, seeking approval for assigning magistrates’ powers to administrative officers in all districts of the province.

He said that decision was pending before the administrative committee of SHC, adding after two months’ deliberation, the administrative committee, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, decided to recommend Sindh government for assigning magistrates’ powers.

He further said that deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners will be given powers of special magistrate under the 14 section of Criminal Procedures Code, who will help in curbing crimes like price hike, encroachment.

He spelled out that special magistrate would have powers to apprehend offenders and produce them before judicial magistrates but special magistrates had no powers to try a person.

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