Lahore: Arrest warrants for 20 policemen in a week
LAHORE: Punjab Police investigation officers while violating Section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) are not submitting challans within 14 days thus hampering the National Judicial Policy and causing further problems for litigants.
This was revealed as additional district and sessions judges, during last one week, issued non-bailable arrest warrants to 20 police officials, including eight investigation officers of different police stations who were not producing challans of cases.
Following are the details of some of the cases in which arrest warrants were issued. Additional District and Sessions Judge Anjum Raza Syed issued non-bailable arrest warrant for Sub-Inspector Muhammad Yousaf of Manawan Police Station who was not producing challan of a narcotics case.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Aurangzeb issued arrest warrants for Sub-Inspector Muhammad Sharif of Shahdara Town Police Station over lingering on a case for last one and half years by not producing challan. The same court also issued warrants against Shafiqueabad Sub-Inspector Nazeer Hussain.
Two Sub-Inspectors of Johar Town Police Station, Khawer Hussain and Muhammad Shabbir, were also not producing challans of two different cases in the court of Azizullah Khan. This non-compliance also caused issuance of arrest warrants against them. Additional District and Sessions Judge Hamid Hussain issued arrest warrants for Samanabad and Allama Iqbal Town investigation officers.
Non-bailable arrest warrants for SI Javed Mehmood of Kot Lakhputt has also been issued by Additional District and Sessions Judge Husnain Qadir.
Talking about the issue, Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Azher Siddique said that police did not comply with the court orders as curse of bribe had deep roots in their department. He said the delay in submission of challans was a very simple way to halt proceedings, adding that under Section 173 of the CrPC, it was compulsory for police to submit challan within 14 days. He said the mess had been created as there was no system of checks and balances in police. He suggested that a chapter of investigation should be added to Police Order 2002, defining mood, manner and mechanism of investigation.
“As per the Criminal Prosecution Services (Constitution, Functions and Power Act 2006), the prosecution department is responsible for keeping an eye on the quality of challan. But both prosecution and police are not performing their due job,” he said, adding that in the cases in which political guns were involved challans could very easily be tempered under political influence. He said if challans were submitted in connivance with the prosecution, it could have a lethal impact on the complainant.
SSP Investigation Abdul Razzaq Cheema while commenting on the issue said that the SHOs and investigation officers (IOs) of all the police stations had been directed to submit a monthly report to magistrate concerned. He said the department was working to formulate a mechanism to check the number of challans submitted and of those in the process. He said that the district and sessions judge was requested to let the police know that in which cases police had not submitted chalan.
“It is not possible for him to resolve the problem without sorting it out properly. To check the challans in process, an inspector has been appointed who gets information from courts,” he said, adding that unfortunately at present, he was not getting a proper feedback from courts, police officials and the prosecution. He said he was working on setting the system right by getting information from his all sources.