ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that Islamabad police are politically influenced and withholding information from the court.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday were hearing a suo motu case regarding the Bahria Town car race that claimed the lives of five people on December 5.

The Chief Justice pointed out that if ministers could be dismissed, the Regional Police Officer Rawalpidndi,Mukhtar Gondal, could also meet the same fate. He said that the Punjab Chief Minister should replace such officers with independent police officials.

Justice Ramdey observed that Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja was responsible for the killing of innocent persons for allowing the race to take place.

Attorney General Khwaja Haris also informed the court that he had informed provincial authorities regarding the proper investgation of the case.

Earlier, on Monday, the Supreme Court had observed that the event had been held in violation of the Motor Vehicles Ordinance 1965 and ordered the arrest of the chief culprits, noting that police wqere reluctant to do so because the culprits were “influential”.

Source: Tribune