Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said those who aided prime suspect Shahrukh Jatoi in fleeing the country should be arrested immediately.
The apex court adjourned the hearing of the Shahzeb Khan’s murder suo moto case till February 04, 2013. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry heard the murder case of 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan here today, who was shot dead on December 25 in Defence area of Karachi.
During today’s proceedings, the Chief Justice addressed the DIG Shahid Hayat and said that he will be responsible for any ignorance, as he had delegated the investigation of the case to a sub-inspector.
He, then, questioned the DIG if he had seized the travel documents of Shahrukh Jatoi on the basis of which he managed to escape from the country.
On this, Shahid Hayat told the court that the documents are with the traveling agency and it is the duty of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to find out how Shahrukh managed to flee.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry remarked that this case should set an example so that the culprits should know that they will not be spared if any such incident occurred again. He, then, told the DIG that he should have arrested the aides involved in Shahrukh’s escape.
Chief Justice alleged that it is possible that police have declared Shahrukh Jatoi as minor intentionally and asked the DIG if he has scrutinized his educational certificates. Responding to this, DIG Shahid Hayat told that an identity card number was issued to him but no picture was found from the record.
He told that investigations are underway to find out how the identity card number was issued to Shahrukh if he was not 18 years old. His date of birth, as per his passport, is November 22, 1995, he told.
Chief Justice Iftikhar asserted that the investigations should be carried out in a transparent manner, regardless of the influence of any party involved. Legal proceedings will not halt in any case, he added.
The court sent four suspects to prison, and directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit a charge sheet against them.
The chief justice had taken suo moto notice of the brutal murder on 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan, based on press clippings carrying the story regarding his killing. Shahzeb Khan was gunned down in Karachi on December 25th, while police failed to make any progress due to immense political pressure.
The killing mobilized hundreds of the people against unquestioned authority that people with political connection enjoy in the country.