Pak should follow India’s example in booking “top guns” for wrongdoings: Pak CJ

January 29th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Islamabad, Jan 29(ANI): Taking a cue from the court martial of a serving general in India, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the government officials responsible for misuse of power must be brought to book in similar fashion.

Citing the example of the Indian Lt General P K Rath, who was found guilty for his role in issuing a no-objection certificate to a private realtor for building an educational institution on a 70-acre piece of land adjacent to the Sukna military station in West Bengal, the chief justice urged Pakistan to follow this precedent.

“Why don’t a few top guns in our country get booked for their wrongdoings,” The Express Tribune quoted CJ Chaudhry, as asking while hearing the case of an alleged fake encounter by the police in Daska one year ago.

“It’s high time that some heads roll,” he added.

The CJP was heading a four-member bench that was hearing a case against police officials including a former Regional Police Officer and a DPO.

According to the police inquiry report, sixteen low-ranking police officials were sacked in connection with the fake encounter case, in which a boy was gunned down by policemen.

The sacked cops included four inspectors, five sub-inspectors, one assistant sub-inspector and five constables, while an inspector was also forced to retire.

The police later mentioned in an inquiry report that a compromise was made with the heirs of the deceased. The court, however, rejected the report and observed that the responsible top officials were left untouched.

In its order, the court directed the Inspector General Police (IGP) to take personal interest in the matter, instead of saving the skin of “petti bhais”. (ANI)

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