KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of reported shifting of accused Shahrukh Jatoi, and others from jail to hospital after cancellation of bail from Supreme Court of Pakistan.
According to registrar supreme court, taking notice of the issue, Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan has called report from Inspector General Jails Sindh within 24 hours.
It is pertinent to mention that Shahrukh Jatoi was shifted to Jinnah Hospital on Friday after complaining of back pain. He was shifted to the hospital from jail premises on Friday night upon the recommendation of the jail’s medical officer.
The MO made the request citing unavailability of resources to tackle the ailment within jail premises.
Jatoi had previously also served most of his incarceration at the JPMC citing medical issues.
The Supreme Court had ordered the re-arrest of Jatoi, Siraj Talpur and other convicts in the Shahzeb Khan Murder case. Following the order, Shahrukh Jatoi and others were taken into custody from the court premises.
Shahrukh Jatoi, convicted murderer of Shehzeb Khan, a Karachi youth killed in December, 2012, lives in one of the Karachi hospitals instead of jail, the Frontier Post reported last year.
According to official letter from Hasan Sahito, Superintendent Karachi central jail, listing inmates accommodating in different health facilities of the city, Shahrukh Jatoi, son of the landlord, who had killed son of police officer, lives at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
The letter reveals that Jatoi and his accomplices had never lived in cell reserved for death row prisoners.
According to official, influential parents of Shahrukh have told the court that their son was suffering from depression in jail and needed proper medication in a hospital. For this purpose, the jail authorities have been heavily bribed.
Further, under trial prisoner at the central jail, Salman Abro, the son of a police SSP who, along with his guards, killed Suleman Lashari on Khayaban-e-Shamsheer in May, 2014, lives in a ward of the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Disease (NICVD).
Moreover, two senior police officers, Police AIG Fida Hussain Shaikh and his SSP Tanvir Ahmed Tahir, who were arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a Rs50 million corruption case, also live at the JMPC and NICVD.
This phenomenon is, however, not new.
While both prisons of Karachi present a gloomy picture of tormented prisoners being jailed there, the well-off under trial prisoners and convicts, especially those having political backing, have found in a private hospital in the upper-class Clifton neighborhood a best and luxurious accommodation, The Frontier Post ad revealed in its report published on 30th September 2013.
Three VIP rooms at the third and fourth floor of the hospital, owned by a former PPP minister, were occupied by persons accused of huge corruption. However, the police took two of them, namely Moeen Shaikh and Javed on last Thursday evening, ending their prolonged and comfortable stay.
According to hospital sources Moeen Shaikh was using the room no-2006 at third floor for more than two years while Javed was being accommodated in room no 417 at fourth Floor. Though the exact date of his admission could not be known, a doctor in the facility told on the condition of anonymity that Javed was living there for several months.
The hospital record shows that Moeen Shaikh was advised for hospital observation by his consultant Dr Asif Farooqi, a senior physician in the hospital’s Clifton branch.
When this scribe contacted admission and discharge department of the hospital, the front desk staff on duty informed that daily charges of room no 2006 at third floor were Rs 9000 while the one at fourth floor could be acquired at Rs 10,000 per day. An estimate of his stay suggests that Shaikh might have paid from 8 to 10 million only as room charges to the facility.
Moeen Shaikh, sources said, was produced before the anti-corruption court in Karachi on Friday, 27 September but it could not be known whether he was granted bail or sent to Jail on judicial custody. He, however, had not turned back to the hospital till Sunday evening.
Adnan Zaman who was arrested for the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) payment of about Rs 60 Crore to fictitious and bogus exporters under the garb of 25 per cent freight subsidy, managed to get room no-2007 at third floor on 18 June 2013, just weeks after his arrest and is enjoying this facility for the last over hundred days despite serious graft charges.
The 54 years old Zaman was referred by his consultant Dr Faisal Memon of the said hospital. According to hospital’s statistics he had either paid to hospital or was liable to pay Rs 936,000 as room charges only till the filling of this report.
When The Frontier Post inquired about the average stay under medical observation an admission department official told that it was two to three days. He further told that there could be serious cases with prolong stay but their major chunk of time is spent in ICU. The patient, gone in Coma is exception, he said.
Dr. Mirza Tasawar Baig, assistant professor and a spokesman for the Ziauddin Medical University insisted that patient could be retained for years in case of chronic diseases. He, however, showed his ignorance regarding the three cases in question, guessing there might be solid grounds to put the accused under medical observation for long time.
The Frontier Post tried to contact the concerned consultants but the phone number of both Dr Amir Farooqi and Dr Faisal Memon were switched off.
According to rule and procedures the jail authorities writes to home department, requesting for the transfer of under trial prisoner to hospital, informed senior lawyer advocate Gandapur, who further stated that the home department then refers him to one of the services hospitals, which determines to which hospital he should be sent.