The Supreme Courtroom’s (SC) Lahore registry on Saturday issued notices to the Punjab authorities, Punjab advocate common and the prosecution division to submit responses on whether or not it’s legally permissible to kind a brand new joint investigation group (JIT) when a earlier one has already submitted its report within the Mannequin City case.
A two-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, was listening to an enchantment filed by a teenaged lady, Bisma, whose mom had been killed within the Mannequin City incident. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri was additionally in court docket for the listening to.
Qadri stated that the report launched by the sooner JIT — which had been fashioned by the earlier Punjab authorities — couldn’t be trusted as members of the previous administration had been suspects within the case.
He claimed that his social gathering’s witnesses couldn’t seem earlier than the JIT attributable to authorities stress, and alleged that the JIT had recorded one-sided witness accounts and couldn’t be referred to as impartial.
The CJP requested him if it was legally attainable to kind a JIT when a earlier one had already submitted a report. The PAT chief stated that there was precedent of a JIT being fashioned greater than as soon as.
The PAT chief additionally informed the court docket that the prosecution lawyer had withdrawn himself from the case attributable to each day hearings, which had been being held on the SC’s orders. He requested the bench to carry trial twice per week as a substitute of listening to the case each day. The plea was accepted.