ISLAMABAD: After a profound hearing of a matter relating to the alleged murder of a UK national of AJK origin, Farooq Ali, in one of the world’s luxury hotel brands in Islamabad, the Islamabad High Court has directed the local police to submit a complete police record in the case.
A single-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) comprising Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir heard the case. Over the alleged assassination of Farooq Ali, 44, who was found dead in his room at Ramada, Wyndham Islamabad Hotel, on March 16, Islamabad, the deceased’s sister Dr Rehiana B Ali has invoked the jurisdiction of the Sessions Court Islamabad for registration of first information report (FIR) but all in vain as concerned police officials failed to take measures in the matter.
Her counsel Advocate Sharafat Ali Chaudhry told the session court that Station House Officer (SHO) of Secretariat police station Qurban Ali Anwar failed to register FIR of this cognizable offence to which Dr Rehiana invoked the jurisdiction of trial court under Section 22-A of the Criminal Procedure Code and sought direction for registration of FIR.
Despite registration of the FIR No. 204 in April 11 this year under Sections 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code in response to the trial court directions, the police failed to conduct the investigation properly as cops failed to collect evidence properly without apprehending and investigating the nominated accused persons so far.
Upon failure of the police in the matter, again the petitioner filed a complaint under Section 200 of the Criminal Procedure Code before trial court to adjudicate the case but the additional district & sessions judge dismissed the complaint on October 22.
Filing a criminal revision petition before the IHC against impugned order of the additional district & sessions judge, Advocate Sharafat A Chaudhry urged the high court to set aside the sessions judge’s dismissal and issue directives to adjudicate the case on merit in the large interest of justice.
Challenging the additional district & sessions judge’s decision before the IHC in the matter, the petitioner’s counsel Advocate Sharafat Ali Chaudhry filed a criminal revision and urged the single-member bench comprising Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir to pass an order for resumption of the complaint against preparators while turning down the decision of the session judge.
Among others the petitioner made three police officials as accused persons in the complaint namely, Tariq Mehmood, Sub-Inspector/I.O, P.S. Secretariat, Islamabad Police, Qurban Ali Anwar, S.H.O, Secretariat Police Station, Islamabad Police and Akram Nagra, Inspector, Islamabad Police in the matter.
On Wednesday, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir issued the directives to police in the matter after hearing arguments of counsel of the petitioner Advocate Sharafat A Chaudhry at length whereas the bench also provided ample opportunity to hear the petitioner Dr. Rehiana B. Ali in person.