CJ again finds death row inmate Shahrukh Jatoi enjoying C-Class

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, who is hearing different cases in the Karachi registry of apex court, on Saturday morning, visited Malir Jail where he found the death row inmate, Shahrukh Jatoi, availing C-Class, prompting the top judge to order shifting son of the landlord to his death cell.

This is the second time this year that CJP found Jatoi out of his death cell. CJ Nisar got infuriated when he saw Jatoi, who was condemned to death for killing a youth Shahzeb Khan in Defense neighborhood of Karachi.

“On whose orders are these facilities being provided to the condemned prisoner,” CJ asked and added: “How can death row inmate be given C-class?”

CJP while summoning report directed Inspector General Prisons Qazi Nazir to immediately shift Shahrukh Jatoi to the death cell. Later, he was shifted to the death cell at the Central Jail.

The video of the incident showed Jatoi objecting to being filmed during the chief justice’s visit. “How can you film me,” Jatoi can be hear saying.

Earlier, this year in January, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had ordered to send Shahrukh Jatoi and all other prisoners back to Jail who had been living in hospital under the pretext of illness.

Chief Justice Expressed his extreme displeasure over the sending the condemned inmate, Shahrukh Jatoi to jail. “How have you sent a convict who should be in the cell of convicted murderers to hospital,” Chief justice angrily asked the then Inspector General Prisons, Nusrat Mangan.

Chief justice summoned the report, which reads that the convicted criminal had piles whereas he was shown to have heart disease so that he may be sent to hospital. Chief justice while addressing to Dr Seemin Jamali, head of the emergency services in Jinnah Hospital, said it was the performance of doctors. The Chief Justice said that a board comprising doctors of Punjab will be formed to examine Shahrukh Jatoi.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who took notice of Jatoi’s transfer to Jinnah Hospital from jail premises earlier, Shahrukh Jatoi complained of a heart ailment but it turned out to be piles, the Chief Justice remarked, as he demanded to know the whereabouts of the doctor who prepared the accused’s medical report.

The Chief Justice was further irked when he was told that Jatoi is being kept in Category C jail. Why is a death sentence suspect being kept in Category C jail, Justice Nisar asked, and summoned a report from the jail administration on how many prisoners have been transferred to hospitals.

Jatoi had previously also served most of his incarceration at the JPMC citing medical issues. In January, the Supreme Court had ordered the re-arrest of Jatoi, Siraj Talpur and other convicts in the Shahzeb Khan Murder case, following which Jatoi and the others were taken into custody from the court premises.

The apex court had been moved by members of the civil society against the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) decision ordering a re-trial and removal of terrorism charges from the conviction against the accused.

The apex court, instead of accepting the civil society appeal, had taken a sou motu action and nullified the SHC order.

On December 23, 2017, Jatoi, the son of an influential feudal, and other defendants in the Shahzeb Khan murder case, were released from custody on bail after Shahzeb’s father submitted an affidavit in support of the defendant’s bail application.

Shahzeb was gunned down by Jatoi in a posh locality of Karachi on December 25, 2012.

An ATC in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Jatoi and Siraj Talpur for the murder of Shahzeb, while life sentences were awarded to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari.

The Supreme Court, hearing a case pertaining to the state of public hospitals in Sindh at its Karachi Registry, declared the performance of Jinnah Medical and Dental College “unsatisfactory” and issued notices to the representatives of the college.

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