ISLAMABAD: Expressing annoyance over the grant of protective bail to Ali Riaz, the son of chief executive of Bahria Town, by the Sindh High Court in drag car race in which five people were killed on December 5, the Supreme Court on Monday set aside the bail and observed that the incident took place in Punjab and the SHC could not grant bail.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday was hearing a suo motu case regarding the killing of five people in the drag race in Rawalpindi last month.

Justice Ramday stated: “This is highly illegal and let not anyone be allowed to make mockery of the case and let everyone be equal before the law.”

Investigating Officer DIG Major Mubashir appraised the court that Rawalpindi Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mukhtar Gondal and Islamabad police were not cooperating.

The CJP asked him to taken up the matter with the Punjab IGP.

Punjab Advocate General Khawaja Haris told the court that it was quite surprising that after the incident when the Rawalpindi police raided the residence of the chief executive of Bahria Town, Islamabad police high officials were present there expressing regret over the killing of people in the race. He said some progress had been made as Bahria Town Marketing Manager Waleed Awan, security incharge Col (r) Rafaqat and car driver Majid Naeem had been arrested.

He said one of the main accused Sheikh Atif had gone abroad after getting interim bail and now it was federal government’s duty to arrest him through Interpol.

The CJP asked the IO to seek the Interior Ministry’s help for Atif’s arrest. “If there will be no response, then the court will pass order,” the CJP observed. The court adjourned the hearing until January 28 on the request of Punjab advocate general.

Source: Daily Times