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Police harassing citizens without rhyme or reason: SC.

ISLAMABAD, March 17, 2012 (Balochistan Times): The Supreme Court expressing its surprise and annoyance over working of police, has observed that they misbehave with the citizens, creating harassment only with baseless cases. It said contrary to it, the genuine cases in which crime had been committed were left negligently without any action. A two-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Tariq Parvez on a suo motu case regarding harassment caused by Gujranwala police to Hafiz Shahid Munir, a journalist and to general public, on Friday said in its order that such attitude of police created a situation, in which the Courts were left with no option but to acquit the accused. The Courts were being blamed for such acquittals whereas the prosecution/police, knowing well about fate of the cases, sent challan in Courts just to show that they had performed their duties but blamed the Courts for acquitting the accused, the bench said. The bench directed Inspector General of Police Punjab to take these cases as test cases for the purpose of setting deterrence by determining the real facts and circumstances and should fix the responsibility upon the police officers/officials responsible for the same. He was further directed to file a detailed last year report enumerating how many accused were challaned and what was the rate of acquittal or conviction and as to how many appeals against acquittal were filed and whether conviction judgments of the original Courts had attained finality by the superior Courts or not. The bench observed that when an accused was acquitted by the Court, it was the duty of concerned police authorities to move appeals on higher judicial forums. The bench was apprised by Additional Advocate General Razzaq A. Mirza that FIRs registered against Hafiz Shahid Munir by the Gujranwala Police, had culminated into his acquittal by the Courts on Sept3,2009 and OCt 22,2010, allegedly for want of prosecution evidence. The bench questioned Additional Advocate General that if there was no substance or evidence, then why the accused was challaned! because due to conduct of Police, Hafiz had suffered the agony of twin trials for a considerable period. The Additional advocate general failed to respond satisfactorily. Further hearing was further adjourned for March 22.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 17, 2012
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