KARACHI: The judicial commission sought on Saturday written explanations from the chief executive officers (CEOs) of the power utilities in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur as to why electricity connections were not being provided to water supply schemes, depriving people in the three major cities of water. Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro of the Sindh High Court, who is heading the bench constituted by the Supreme Court (SC) to investigate the failure of the provincial authorities to supply clean drinking water and improving deteriorating sanitation conditions, ordered the CEOs of K-Electric (K-E), Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (Hesco) and Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco) to appear with explanations on April 22. Last month, the apex court had conferred more powers on the commission to initiate proceedings for the implementation of its recommendations, orders and directives given after a six-week long judicial inquiry, as the provincial government failed to implement the same. Potable water and sanitation: Judicial commission finds fault with reports During Saturday’s proceedings, Deputy Secretary of the Sindh Public Health Engineering Department Riaz Hussain filed a list of water supply schemes that were lying redundant or non-functional due to the failure of the power suppliers to provide requisite power connections to them, despite the deposit of the required fee. As a result, he alleged that the people were deprived of the water. Taking notice of the state of affairs, the commission issued notices to the K-E, Hesco and Sepco CEOs for April 22 with direction to explain why, despite the deposit of the [Read More…]
KARACHI: Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh took oath as the new chief justice (CJ) of the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday. Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair administered the oath to him during a ceremony at the high court premises. Justice Sheikh was appointed as the 23rd head of the provincial high court. He will serve on the post till October 2, 2023. Earlier, former SHC CJ Justice Sajjad Ali Shah took oath as a judge of the Supreme Court (SC) after which Justice Sheikh was sworn in. All the judges of the SHC and representatives of the Sindh Bar Council, SHC Bar Association, Karachi and Malir District Bar Associations along with federal and provincial law officers were also present on the occasion. Profile Sheikh, who born on October 3, 1961, in Larkana, studied law at Shah Latif University in Khairpur, and started law practice in 1990. He was elevated as a judge of the Sindh High Court on September 3, 2009. He was further elevated as the SHC CJ on Wednesday following elevation of his predecessor Justice Sajjad Ali Shah as a judge of the SC. The post Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh takes oath as SHC chief justice appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story
KARACHI: Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) was appointed on Friday as the referee judge to decide on the bail applications of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain in corruption cases. Judicial sources told The Express Tribune that SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah appointed Justice Gorar to examine the split judgment and decide the matter. Dr Asim faces two corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly depriving the public exchequer of Rs462 million by misusing his authority. A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Farooq Shah and Muhammad Karim Khan Agha, had, on February 2, given a split judgment in the matter. Split judgment given in Dr Asim’s bail plea Justice Agha granted bail to Dr Asim subject to furnishing a surety of Rs2.5 million in each case and a bond of the same amount to the satisfaction of the court nazir. Also directing the applicant to deposit his original passport with the nazir, the judge further directed the interior ministry not to issue him a fresh passport until further orders and to place his name on the Exit Control List. Justice Agha had observed that allowing someone to remain confined for years, despite the fact that confinement was hazardous to his life as proper and adequate treatment was not available in jail, could lead him to being physically or mentally impaired permanently. SHC questions maintainability of plea against Dr Asim’s detention However, Justice Shah rejected the bail applications, observing that the prosecution [Read More…]
KARACHI: Suspects injured before their arrest or while in police custody should be treated at government or private hospitals at the expense of the state, which should also arrange for artificial limbs for victims who suffer disabilities as a result of torture by law enforcers, states a judicial report. The report, obtained by The Express Tribune, was submitted to the Sindh High Court (SHC) recently and was authored by East District and Sessions Judge Faheem Ahmed Siddiqui, who was appointed as the officer to conduct the judicial inquiry into a ‘fake’ police encounter. SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah ordered in March this year an inquiry on a complaint made by a citizen, Iqbal Ahmed Alvi, who had sought action against the ‘high-handedness’ of officials at the New Town police station. The complainant had alleged that the police had intentionally shot his son, Yousuf, and his friend after they refused to fulfill their alleged demand of illegal gratification. He said the police later pretended that the two sustained injuries in an encounter at Sharafabad Chowrangi on February 25 this year. Iqbal had alleged that the police officials involved in the ‘fake encounter’ had intentionally delayed medical assistance to his son, which resulted in the amputation of his leg. The accused police party included Ali Muhammad, head-constable Shahanshah, constables Muhammad Urs and Muhammad Ayub and head-constable/driver Javed Iqbal, according to the complainant. The judicial officer, while submitting his report, concluded that no independent witness had appeared before him to depose against the [Read More…]
KARACHI: The top court has ordered the government to enlist all federal, provincial and military services to ensure the rescue of the abducted son of Sindh’s top judge. The Supreme Court also issued notices to the interior secretary and heads of intelligence agencies for July 21 on a petition seeking the recovery of Barrister Ovais Ali Shah, who was kidnapped on June 20 by armed men from outside a superstore in the upscale neighbourhood of Clifton. A five-judge apex court bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, heard the petition filed by the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) on Friday. Taking exception to the absence of the interior secretary despite the issuance of an earlier summon, the judges directed him to personally appear before the bench at the next hearing. SHCBA counsel Khalid Javed Khan said the legal fraternity was seriously concerned over the kidnapping of the son of the SHC chief justice who had still not been traced after 25 days. The petitioner had requested the court to direct the federal and provincial home ministries and the Rangers and police chiefs to take all requisite measures immediately to rescue Barrister Ovais and arrest the culprits. The bench directed the federal government to ensure the early recovery of Barrister Shah with the help of all the federal and provincial agencies and submit reports through the law officers. The court issued notices to the interior secretary, director-generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau among other respondents for July 21 to [Read More…]
KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) directed on Wednesday the provincial chief secretary to find out what action the government will take against officers found guilty of corruption, which includes the provincial police chief, otherwise the apex court will pass such orders. The SC Karachi registry bench gave Sindh chief secretary Siddique Memon time until today (Thursday) when the case will be taken up again. The SC larger bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim and comprising justices Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Khilji Arif Hussain, was hearing cases on withholding of funds meant for police investigations and corruption in appointments in Sindh Reserve Police. When the hearing started on Wednesday morning, Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali asked the bench to hear his two criminal review applications. One of these was against the formation of a three-member committee, comprising three senior police officers, to investigate the corruption charges. On December 23, 2015, the court had constituted the inquiry committee for which his consent was not sought, Jamali argued with a plea to review the order and replace the three officers – AIGs Sanaullah Abbasi, AD Khawaja and Naeem Ahmed Sheikh – as he did not trust them. The judges asked the chief secretary whether or not the review application was filed on behalf of the Sindh government but he replied in the negative. Keeping aside the pleas, the bench observed that the officer cannot seek a review himself in the capacity of police IG. The judges clarified that the inquiry was not [Read More…]
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday rejected the Sindh IG Ghulam Haider Jamali’s unconditional apology, and fixed November 25 as the date to frame contempt of court charges against him and other senior officers.The court had initiated contempt of court proceedings against IG Sindh, and other police officials for besieging the high court building, and torturing supporters of Zulfiqar Mirza, as well as some journalists.On March 23, commandos of the Special Security Unit (SSU) tortured private guards of the former Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) during his appearance before an anti-terrorism court. They had also beaten media personnel covering the hours-long siege of the SHC building.Aftermath of attack: SHC sends notices to Rangers in Mirza’s security pleaTaking serious notice of the incident, the SHC bench had issued showcause notices to IG Jamali, then Karachi AIG Ghulam Qadir Thebo, DIG South Dr Jameel Ahmed, South SSP Chaudhry Asad, Special Security Unit SP Major (retd) Saleem to explain why contempt of court proceedings may not be initiated against them for flouting the court’s order of not arresting Mirza and his supporters.Hanging sword: SHC to decide IG’s fate in contempt case todayFormer National Assembly speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, had filed a petition against the provincial government for allegedly withdrawing her husband’s official security guards at the behest of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari.Fehmida pleaded the court to order the government to provide protection to her husband and family members.Hence, the court had directed Rangers to provide protection to the petitioner and her family members, [Read More…]
SHC orders land to be cleared of encroachments
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Notices were issued to senior police officials for failing to stop police personnel inciting violence outside court
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