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IGP transfer case: SC seeks reply from Azam Swati after JIT submits report

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) on Thursday submitted its report to the Supreme Court in the case pertaining to transfer of inspector general of police, Islamabad, blaming Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati for misusing powers, ARY News reported.

The JIT had launched its investigations against Azam Swati over alleged abuse of powers. According to details, the JIT in its report said allegations made on a poor families lacked truth.

“A clout was used to register a first information report against the family [against whom Swati’s son had quarreled]”. The JIT said charges of land grabbing on the poor family were incorrect. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar sought explanation from Mr. Swati under Article 62-1 (f) in the light of findings of the JIT.

The lawyer of Mr. Swati said his client was out of the country to attend a conference and he would return by Dec 3. The counsel requested a few days period until the minister returns.

The court adjourned the hearing till December 4, on request of the defence lawyer.

Azam Swati was caught in a spotlight in the wake of IGP’s transfer on October 27 after he allegedly refused to take action on a complaint by the son of Azam Swati, regarding a fight over purported encroachment with a family at their farmhouse.

It is pertinent to mention here that the SC had formed the JIT, comprising officials of FIA, NAB and IB to probe the issue on November 2.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, had expressed extreme displeasure over the removal of the IG Islamabad, saying the way he was sent packing is deplorable.

Attorney General Anwar Mansoor informed that the IGP was removed on the verbal directives of the prime minister. He remarked the capital’s top cop was removed for political reasons and vowed that he would not let anybody put any political pressure and weaken state institutions this way.

On October 30, Swati said he had done nothing illegal as behavior of the IG was irresponsible.

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