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Court refers injured corruption suspect to medical board

Court refers injured corruption suspect to medical board

PESHAWAR: A local accountability court on Thursday ordered the formation of a medical board to examine a National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa employee, who suffered injuries after being arrested on a corruption charge.

Judge Mohammad Ibrahim Khan referred the suspect, Sardar Gul Khitab, to the Lady Reading Hospital with the direction to the medical superintendent to constitute a medical board for his examination and to submit report on today (Friday).

The court issued the order after the suspect was examined at Police Services Hospital and the relevant medical officer reported that he was having bruises on buttocks, legs, shoulder and arms.

The medical officer suggested that the suspect be examined by the department of Forensic Science at Khyber Medical College to ascertain whether the injuries were self-inflicted or not.

While the suspect and his daughter, Saiqa Gul Khitab, alleged that he was severely tortured in custody by investigation officer Umair Butt, NAB prosecutor Mushtaq Khan and investigation officer denied the charges and said his injuries were self inflicted.

The suspect was arrested by the NAB on May 1 and the court had remanded him into the bureau’s custody for seven days on May 2.

The NAB alleged that he had received bribe of Rs200,000 from a municipal officer, Mahbub Ali, in Abbottabad by impersonating himself as assistant director (investigation) Umair Butt.

Daughter of the suspect, Saiqa Gul Khitab, filed an application on Thursday through lawyer Sardar Ali Raza requesting the court to issue production order of her father as he had been severely tortured in custody.

The court ordered his production the same day and when he was produced he was apparently not in good shape and could hardly walk.

The judge referred him to the Police Services Hospital for medical examination and in light of the findings of the medical officer referred him to the medical board.

As the report of the police hospital was received at around 4pm and by that time the Forensic Science Department was closed, the judge considered it appropriate to send him to LRH.

The court also withdrew physical custody of the suspect with the NAB ordering that when the suspect was examined by the medical board, he be lodged to the Peshawar central prison or be referred for treatment/ admission in the said hospital.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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