SC fixes ex-Pakpattan DPO transfer case hearing for Sept 17 | Pakistan Today

SC fixes ex-Pakpattan DPO transfer case hearing for Sept 17

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday fixed the hearing of ex-Pakpattan District Police Officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal’s transfer case for September 17.

The court will conduct the proceedings over the inquiry report submitted by former Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam.

The report comprising more than 27 pages contain statements of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Ahsan Jameel Iqbal Gujjar (a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader from Gujranwala and close friend of Khawar Maneka), CM’s personal staff officer (PSO) Umar, chief security officer (CSO) Haider Ali, Khawar Maneka, his son, daughter and police officers.

The inquiry of Additional Inspector General (AIG) Investigation Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh’s and affidavits of former Pakpattan’s DPO and Sahiwal Regional Police Officer (RPO) have also been made party of the report.

Earlier, Former Pakpattan DPO Gondal has submitted his written reply before the inquiry committee averring he hadn’t committed any offence.

As per reply submitted by Gondal, Punjab CM Buzdar called a meeting at CM House soon after the altercation. The reply states that an irrelevant person was also present in the meeting who posed extraneous questions.

The reply also revealed Gondal indulged in verbal spat with RPO during the same meeting.

Sources privy to police department stated Gondal was immensely pressurised by officials to visit Maneka’s dera to seek forgiveness. During the same huddle, the decision was taken to change Pakpattan DPO as Gondal refused to tender an apology. Gondal asserted Maneka family hurled expletives at police officials.

On the very next day, personal secretary of Punjab CM telephoned DPO to relinquish charge. After 20 minutes, DIG Headquarters released order directing Gondal to relinquish charge as Pakpattan DPO with immediate effect.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the transfer.

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