ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday took suo motu notice of an incident of Friday which occurred on the premises of District Courts (Iwan-e-Adl), Lahore, in which reportedly police brutally beat up lawyers.
“The use of excessive force and resorting to high headedness and brutality clearly violate the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights i.e. right to life, liberty and dignity. Therefore, the matter has been registered under Article 184(3) of the Constitution,” says a press note issued here.
The notices were issued to the Home Secretary, Punjab, Commissioner and DCO Lahore, PPO, Punjab, CPO, Lahore, DIG, Operations and concerned Superintendents of Police, through PPO, to appear in person on Monday and explain the untoward incident in which excessive force was used resulting in injuries to lawyers including female lawyers.
They are also required to explain their position and produce record, if any, showing whether any action has been initiated against police personnel responsible for using excessive force. Notices have also been issued to the Attorney General for Pakistan well as the Advocate General, Punjab to assist the Court.
The TV Channels and media persons have also been asked to provide CDs/DVDs of the incident. It would also be appreciated if they could play the CDs/DVDs in the Court, if required. The suo motu was taken on reports of electronic and print reports which showed that the police personnel entered the court premises including bar rooms and library and brutally beaten the lawyers resulting in injuries to many, including females.-SANA