SHC restrains police from seizing Jatoi’s property

Sindh High Court
SHC restrains police from seizing Jatoi’s property

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 the court for seeking its directives to restrain police from confiscating his property.Petitioner through his counsel, GN 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 PC started confiscating the properties which did 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 said 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 had confiscated the property that had nothing to do with accused.

He contended that police officer or anybody else could not initiate proceedings as required under section 87 and 88 CR PC against the brother of any other relative of accused.Citing secretary home department Sindh, IGP, and SHO Darakshan police station as respondents, the petitioner prayed to court that respondents be restrained from confiscating his property.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. – DailyTimes