Fake encounter case LHC bans judicial inquiry on police officers’ request

Staff Reporter

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has imposed a ban on judicial inquiries of police encounters at the request of police officers on Monday.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has announced its verdict in a case filed by a woman to challenge the murder of her husband and brother in a fake police encounter.

The high court banned judicial inquiries following the request of police officials regarding encounters.

Justice Sohail Nasir stated in the verdict that the police officers could request the government for conducting a judicial inquiry.

The verdict stated that the government has authority to seek judicial inquiries while a police officer has no power to request for the same action, nor it will have any legal position.

It added that police officers were involved in the misuse of power time by time despite they are not coming under the definition of the government.

It further detailed that the sessions’ judges were not authorised to approve judicial inquiries, whereas, a magistrate was also unauthorised to find facts.

While defining the powers of a magistrate, the high court stated that the magistrate could not declare anyone responsible in an inquiry report while the judicial inquiry is used to be conducted before the police investigation.

The verdict stated that the government has powers whether or not to constitute an inquiry tribunal.

Meanwhile, the Patrolling Post Police claimed to have foiled a bid to loot a truck and arrested two robbers along with arms here on Monday.

According to police, two robbers intercepted a truck on GT Road near Harrapa and tried to snatch cash and cellphone from driver.

Getting information, Patrolling Post Mobile Tiger-1 reached the scene and upon sight of police, the robbers attempted to flee.

However, Inspector Ashiq Ali and Sub-Inspector Zahid managed to overpower both the robbers along with weapons. A case has been registered against the robbers and they are being interrogated.


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