Former IGP escapes from SHC after cancellation of bail in corruption case

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday dismissed bail applications of former provincial inspector general of police (IGP) Ghulam Haider Jamali and other senior police officers in the Rs50million corruption case.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh was hearing the bail confirmation pleas of former cop bosses. The bench pronounced its verdict and recalled interim pre-arrest bails granted to Jamali and others and asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest them. Following the verdict, the former IGP escaped from the court to avert his arrest.

Earlier, the NAB had filed reference in the accountability court in the light of the report of a three-member fact-finding committee which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate irregularities in the recruitments in the Sindh police.

Jamali along with then Finance AIG Fida Hussain, then Sindh Reserve Police head Aitezaz Ahmed, then SSP retired Captain Azfar Mahesar, then SP of Matiari district Amjad Ahmed Shaikh, SP Khalid Mustafa Korai and others was booked in a reference for allegedly causing loss to the national exchequer by misusing their authority and making illegal appointments.

It was alleged that the above-mentioned police officers misused their authority and bypassed the required procedure to make illegal appointments in the Sindh police and the Sindh Reserve Police, in particular, causing a loss of over Rs50 million to the exchequer.

On the other hand, Jamali and other police officials had denied the charges levelled against them and maintained that they were falsely implicated in the corruption case. He added that they performed their duties with honesty but the conspiracy was hatched against the officials of Sindh police.

The former IG contended that the appointments were made much before he took the charge as the provincial chief of police.