CJP orders to shift Sharjeel, Sharukh & other inmates back to prison

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KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Saqib Nisar has on Saturday expressed annoyance over the transfer of Sharukh Jatoi, who is accused in the murder of Shahzeb Khan, from prison to hospital.
Hearing a case regarding the transfer of the prisoner to hospital, the CJP recalled that Jatoi had been discharged from hospital when the apex court took notice of the transfer.
Meanwhile, Inspector General (IG) Prisons Nusrat Mangan presented Jatoi’s medical report to the court saying that the prisoner was transferred to hospital on the recommendation of the jail’s administration.
The Chief Justice was told that Jatoi was being kept in Category C jail which further irked the Chief Justice and asked as to why a death sentence suspect was kept in Category C jail.
Justice Nisar also summoned a report from the jail administration as to how many prisoners had been transferred to hospitals.
Earlier this month, Jatoi, Siraj Talpur and other convicts in the Shahzeb Khan murder case were re-arrested on the orders of the apex court.
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 court also ordered to shift all the inmates including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Memon from hospital to prison.
CJP asked Nusrat Mangan as to why and since when Memon had been admitted to hospital.
The IG informed the court that Sharjeel was shifted to hospital on October 26 on the recommendation of doctors.
The court reminded the IG that doctors had only asked to conduct medical tests of the PPP leader and not to transfer him.
He asked the whether or not he exercised the authority to shift an inmate from prison to jail.
The CJP ordered to shift Sharjeel Memon back to prison today and the rest of inmates including Sharukh Jatoi in four to five days.

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