LHC CJ questions professional capabilities of Punjab IGP
Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan expressed his annoyance over the professional capabilities of Punjab IGP Captain (retd) Shoaib Dastgir who could not give satisfactory answers during the hearing of a case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
The provincial police chief and other top officials were in the court hearing a bail plea filed by Fayyaz alias Bholi who is accused of drug possession/trafficking with the FIR registered by the Burki Police Station.
“Sorry Mr IG! You are not able to provide satisfactory answers for the purpose you were summoned,” said the chief justice.
When Chief Justice Qasim observed that the accused were able to get bails from the courts due to the poor investigation by the police, the IGP said they were taking all the steps humanly possible to improve the system.
But this reply irked the chief justice who observed that it should be noted. “Isn’t it possible to implement what is written in the law,” he questioned.
Addressing Deputy Prosecutor General Sarfraz Khattana who presented the record of the accused, the chief justice asked him whether he had informed the IGP why he was summoned by the court.
Khattana said the IGP was told that the applicant’s previous record had not submitted, adding that he was acquitted in two cases with 12 pending with the courts.
Ruing the fact that the record of most of the accused isn’t presented before the courts, the chief justice asked the IGP what steps have been taken to check the investigation process.
The answer given by the police chief was that a circular had been issued to the RPOs (regional police officers) and other officials on the subject.
After having another irritating response, Chief Justice Qasim observed that it was already mentioned in the police rules. “You are being asked what actions were taken to improve the investigation system,” the police chief was reminded.
“What action has been taken against those not fulfilling their responsibilities,” the chief justice posed another question.
As the IGP did not provide a satisfactory answer despite the question being repeated again and again, the chief justice asked the law officer whether he could understand what the provincial chief was saying.