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CJ finds contradictions in Sharjeel’s medical report

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday dispose-off application of Sharjeel Memon – Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader and former minister who is accused of billions of rupees corruption and directed that if Sindh High Court wants it may reconstitute a new medical board.

The apex court observed several contradictions in the medical report prepared by the board of Jinnah Hospital’s doctors.

During earlier hearing earlier this month, the apex court had rejected a medical board setup to determine the illness of Memon and directed to form of board with doctors from Pakistan Army and Punjab province.

The petition for setting up medical board for Memon was heard by Supreme Court bench here at the apex court’s Karachi registry. During the proceedings the court was informed that medical board had been setup, which the august court rejected and directed to form a board comprising of famous neurosurgeon Dr Asif Bashir, a Pakistan Army’s doctor and Dr of a private hospital Dr Athar Inam. The new board after looking into the previous reports and conducting a checkup of the accused will compile its report within next fifteen days.

During the proceeding Chief Justice asked Inspector General of Police Nusrat Mangan as how many inmates have been shifted to Hospitals and whereSharjeel Inam Memon has and Shahrukh Jatoi had been kept. Mangan informed that Sharjeel was in central whereas Jatoi was in Malir Jail whereas total 9 inmates are in different hospitals of the city due to illness.

The judges asked Rasheed A Rizbi, counsel of Sharjeel Inam Memon, to do treatment of his client in the jail where doctors can be easily called in for treatment.

Chief Justice reprimanded Dr Semi Jamali, head of the emergency services in Jinnah Hospital, when she failed to provide details regarding Sharjeel Memon. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar, on Saturday ordered to send Pakistan Peoples Party leader Sharjeel Inaam Memon, Shahzeb murder case convict Shahrukh Jatoi and all other prisoners back to Jail who had been living in hospital under the pretext of illness.

Earlier last month, Chief Justice had 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 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, 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.

Earlier last month, 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.

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