Karachi: Sarfaraz Shah murder case
KARACHI: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police and head of joint interrogation team (JIT) Sultan Khawaja has voluntarily submitted a JIT report in the Sindh High Court (SHC) during the hearing of a criminal revision application filed by the Pakistan Rangers’ personnel accused in Sarfaraz Shah murder for transfer of the case to Sessions Court from the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), here on Tuesday.
A division bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad, was hearing the criminal revision application. The application was filed against a judgement given by ATC-I Judge Bashir Ahmad Khoso.
On Tuesday, as SHC started the proceeding of the application, Prosecutor General (PG) Shahadat Awan and applicant’s counsel Mahmood Alam Rizvi appeared before the court.
The defense counsel pleaded that ATC has no territorial jurisdiction to conduct trial of the case, while the Section 6 of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997 does not cover the case because the accused personnel were on duty when the incident happened.
Awan said that the Supreme Court had taken a suo moto notice of the case and appointed DIG Khawaja as investigating officer of it.
He further said that DIG submitted challan of the case on June 17, 2011 and started recording the statements of witnesses.
The prosecutor was arguing that Khawaja had taken a copy of the JIT report and told the court that ‘a copy of the report is with me and I want to submit it’. He produced the report before the court.
Talking to Daily Times after court proceedings, the PG said that according to the report, “The case does not fall within the schedule of ATA.”
The PG, advocates and people at the court were surprised over submission of the report voluntarily by DIG Khawaja.