IGP transfer case: Swati can be tried under Article 62(1)(f), remarks CJP

IGP transfer case: Swati can be tried under Article 62(1)(f), remarks CJP

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday suggested that Federal Minister for Science and Technology Senator Azam Swati could be tried under Article 62(1)(f).

Swati submitted his written reply to the top court over the Joint Investigation Team’s report.

“Should we conduct a trial according to article 62 (1) (F) over here or send it somewhere else,” the CJP questioned during the proceedings.

Upon which Azam Swati’s counsel, Ali Zafar, argued that the JIT report was based on charges and the case cannot be preceded under Article 62 (1) (F) as there was no prior precedence.

"We've read the joint investigation team report," the chief justice said, which revealed that Swati had "wielded his influence and prevailed upon the authorities by misusing his office and profile, leading to arbitrary and discriminatory treatment to the private citizens i.e. Niaz Muhammad family, at the hands of police."

"You are a ruler, and you treated your subjects this way?" the chief justice asked. "The cow did not actually enter into your farmhouse, women and children were jailed," he added.

"Swati will be tried under Article 62(1)(f)," the CJP remarked. "Tell us who you wish to conduct the trial."

The top judge also took the newly appointed Islamabad Inspector General Police Amir Zulfiqar to task, asking him what steps he had taken regarding the matter, and whether this was all he had done in his one month at the post.

The IGP responded that the matter had been pending before the court, which the chief justice dismissed, saying that the capital police chief should have "seen what needed to be done".

The JIT comprises the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) Ahmad Rizwan, Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Mir Vaiz Niaz and a director general from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) found Swati guilty of misusing authority and mistreating a family that resides near his residence for trespassing.

The apex court appointed Advocate Khalid Javed Khan and Faisal Siddqui as assistant to carry out the proceedings against the minister.