Karachi: Move case to Sessions Court
KARACHI: Shahrukh Jatoi, prime accused in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case has filed a petition at Sindh High Court (SHC) for transfer of the case to a Sessions Court. Jatoi, along with Siraj Talpur, Sajjad Talpur, and their cook Ghulam Murtaza Lashari, have been accused of murdering the 20–year–old in his car over a minor dispute near Mubarak Masjid in DHA during the early hours of December 25, 2012. The petitioner, Jatoi, through his counsel has challenged the decision of anti–terrorism court (ATC), whereby ATC dismissed the application seeking transfer of case.
The petitioner submitted that investigation officer under the influence of media campaign has added Section 7 of the Anti–terrorism Act 1997 in the charge–sheet. However, he added that content of the FIR lodged against him and other accused in murder case did not contain any element of terrorism. The petition submitted that complainant and all the prosecution witnesses have not given statements under sections 161 and 164 of CrPC that the accused has committed a terrorist act.
The petitioner submitted he had neither prior criminal history, nor any connection with banned outfits, hence the charge–sheet filed in ATC was illegal and unlawful. He pleaded the court to set aside the order of ATC regarding transfer of case and it may be transferred to a Sessions Court.