Jail official arrested for suspicious role in liquor case
KARACHI: Police on Tuesday arrested assistant superintendent of the central jail Karachi and five others, including hospital staff and police personnel, in connection with liquor case, which staff of the former minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon was granted bail a day earlier.
The official and personnel were arrested after an inquiry team headed by DIG South Javed Odho, found them in CCTV footages behaving suspiciously.
The footages show Memon’s domestic help taking alcohol bottles out of his hospital room after Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar paid a surprise visit to the facility.
According to reports Justice Nisar saw alcohol in the bottles found in the room. But when the Supreme Court team reached the sub-jail the alcohol was replaced with honey and olive oil.
However, police have claimed of taking help from the CCTV footage and recovering the alcohol bottles from where Memon’s domestic help had hidden them.
Meantime, a video surfaced in which the doctors of Sindh Government may be seen checking the bottles recovered from Sharjeel’s hospital room without chemicals.
Meantime, the Chief Secretary of Sindh told Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar that the test reports were suspicious which were prepared by tempering the sample.
A day earlier, a local court in Karachi granted bail to his employee after a medical test found no traces of alcohol in bottles, Sharjeel Memon’s blood samples.
The accused Shakar Din, Muhammad Jam and Muhammad Mushtaq Ali approved the bail application of all three employees of Sharjeel Memon, who were arrested by the boat basin police station after FIR against them.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Home Department canceled the order declaring Ziauddin Hospital as sub-jail.
Memon’s blood samples were sent to two hospitals for testing after Chief of Justice of Pakistan in a surprise visit found bottles allegedly containing alcohol in his hospital room.
According to the report the blood samples did not contain traces of plasma alcohol and ethanol. Three other test reports were also found out to be normal, according to report which will be sent to the apex court.
A report by Chief Chemical Examiner, Dr Zahid Ansari states that the bottles recovered from Memon’s room did not contain alcohol.
According to the report, one of the bottles contained honey and the other cooking oil.
An investigation team, heading by Javed Odhi, the DIG South, was formed on Sunday to probe the discovery of liquor bottles from the room of a hospital where Sharjeel Inam Memon was under treatment.
Former Sindh Minister Sharjeel Inaam Memon was moved back to central prison after Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, found bottles of liquor from his room in the PPP leader’s hospital here on Saturday.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, who was hearing different cases in the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry here on Weekend, on Saturday morning visited Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton to make surprise visit of the room of former minister and accused of billion rupees corruption.
As Justice Nisar entered into the room of Memon on the sixth floor of Karachi’s Ziauddin Hospital, he found no nurse or doctor in the sub-jail.
According to reports, the chief justice examined Memon’s room for nearly three minutes and even questioned about the PPP leader’s health.
Bottles of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes were found from Memon’s room which the court staff confiscated. According to sources Chief Justice found two bottles in the cotton and one was used and placed on the table.
Chief Justice disclosed this after come to the Karachi registry. “I found three bottles of alcohol from Memon’s room,” he said directing the attorney general to visit and see as what is happening.
Hours after the CJP’s surprise visit, police sealed Memon’s hospital room and shifted him to Karachi Central Jail. Blood samples of the former Sindh information minister were also taken.
The chief justice also made a surprise visit to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) where he examined the room of Omni Group Chairperson Anwar Majeed, who is under trial in a money laundering case.
Justice Nisar also questioned about the health of the close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari and confiscated some documents.
Talking to media DIG prison Nasir Aftab said that two men were arrested from Memon’s room. The DIG prisons said investigation into the matter was under way and police officials will also be probed.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Jam, one of the two men arrested from Memon’s hospital room, said, “I work for someone else and only came here for two days.”
Stating that he is unsure why he has been arrested, the suspect further said, “Police officials said there was honey and oil in the bottles of alcohol found in the hospital room.”
Speaking to the media SSP South Omar Shahid told media that a lab test will be conducted of the alcohol bottles found from Memon’s room. “If a facility is declared a sub-jail then its responsibility lies with the police, however, inquiry will also be conducted against hospital administration,” the SSP Police said.
Meanwhile, PPP leader Nasir Hussain Shah said that he was told that the bottles had honey and oil in them and that the medical report will prove the same.