Karachi: IO`s absence annoys judge in designer`s murder case
KARACHI: A district and sessions court on Tuesday expressed annoyance over police failure in the submission of a final charge-sheet against two brothers accused of killing a famous fashion designer, Shaikh Amir Hassan. On Sept 29, the district and sessions judge, south, Arjun Ram Talreja, had asked the case investigation officer to complete a final charge-sheet against the two brothers, Amir Hamza and Mohammad Saad Farooq, within the next three days and submit it to him at the next hearing. When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, the investigation officer, Sub–Inspector Zafar Iqbal, did not turn up. The judge expressing annoyance issued a show-cause notice with a directive to the IO to appear in court and submit a fresh complete charge-sheet on Oct 29.
An interim charge-sheet against the accused was submitted in a court of judicial magistrate on Sept 17. The interim charge-sheet was converted into a final challan on the request of the police and referred to the district and sessions judge, south, for trial.
The bullet-riddled body of Mr Hassan was found on Aug 30 in his DHA Phase V residence, where he lived alone. A case (FIR 215/2008) was registered under Section 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Clifton police station on the complaint of the deceased`s brother, Jalal Hassan. According to the interim charge-sheet, police arrested the suspects near Zamzama Park and recovered a car (AB–6022) and a gun from their custody on Sept 3.
According to the prosecution, Mr Hamza admitted to killing Mr Hassan, saying that the fashion designer had tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to sexually abuse him. The suspect is said to have committed the crime with the help of his brother.
Mr Hamza is quoted by the prosecution as having told the police that the deceased had promised to make him a top-notch model. The prosecution described the gun recovered from the custody of the suspects as a murder weapon. However, it has not yet submitted the relevant ballistic report in court. It is worth noting that no empty shell was found at the crime scene.
According to the call record of Mr Hassan`s cellphone, he had received a last call from a SIM (subscriber identity module) registered in the name of Ajay Kumar, the charge-sheet added.
Mr Kumar, who is a neighbour of the suspects, said that he had sold the SIM to Mr Hamza about a year ago but the latter did not get it transferred to his name.
According to the prosecution, 18 witnesses, including the deceased`s brother, Jalal Hussain, driver Mohammad Tariq, Sub–Inspector Tariq Khursheed, Ali Saleem, MLO Dr Abdul Jabbar of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, head constable Khalid and others, have been mentioned in the charge-sheet.