Court orders FIRs against SSP and DSP

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The Islamabad additional session’s judge (west) has ordered the registration of FIRs against SSP Yaseen Farooq and Margalla DSP for transgressing authority in a land dispute case involving Rs 40 million.
The petitioner Rana Saeed filed a 22-A application in the Sessions Court presided by Additional Session’s Judge Raja Khurram and contended that the SSP, despite IHC’s orders, had changed investigations of a case where a cheque, given in a land deal, had bounced at the bank. He alleged that the SSP and Margalla DSP Rashid Niazi had transgressed the investigation and favoured the accused.
The judge ordered the registration of an FIR against the police officers. Talking to Pakistan Today, Rizwan Abbasi, the counsel for Rana Saeed said, “The SSP had changed the investigation officer so we approached the IHC and the court suspended the SSP’s orders, directing him not to change investigator.” Despite the IHC’s order, the SSP handed the investigation to ‘trusted’ investigators, who ultimately gave a decision in favour of the accused, he said.
Judge Raja Khurram said, “I am of the firm opinion that SSP Yaseen Farooq and DSP Rashid Niazi transgressed their authority and flouted IHC’s orders.”
When contacted, DSP Rashid Niazi said there was an issue between two parties over purchase of land at Pindbagwal. He said that Rana Saeed had received Rs 30 million in cash and a cheque worth Rs 14 million in advance for transferring the land, but didn’t transfer it. The DSP claimed that he had completed the investigation on merit. Meanwhile, the SSP and DSP challenged the Session Judge’s order in the IHC.