Published On: Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
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Courts won’t interfere if rulers do their job right: CJP Khosa

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LAHORE : Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa said on Saturday that if the rulers did their jobs right then the courts won’t feel the need to interfere.

The chief justice was addressing a ceremony after chairing a meeting on police reforms. Justice Khosa said that if the rulers did their jobs right then the courts won’t need to interfere.

“Whenever a matter captures the public’s attention, people expect a suo moto notice,” he said. “If the government institution is active beforehand then the court does not need to take a notice on it,” he added.

He said that the Supreme Court was the last place where people should seek justice. The chief justice said that he didn’t think it was appropriate for senior officials to present themselves time and again in front of the courts.

“One should maintain the dignity of a police official or any other person who appears before the court,” he said.

The chief justice said that if the Supreme Court starts interfering in matters of the government from day one then it creates difficulties. He said that for justice to be dispensed to the masses speedily it was necessary for police to conduct their investigations efficiently.

“My first task as chief justice was to protect the dignity of those who seek justice from the courts,” he said. He praised the courts for wrapping up cases and providing people with speedy justice in a short span of time.

“Model courts wrapped up 24,000 cases relating to drugs,” he said. “Magistrate cases announced decisions in 27,469 cases.”

Justice Khosa said that concrete steps had been taken to counter false testimony. He said that the investigating officer will also be treated like a suspect in a case of false testimony.

“From now on, the investigation officer will be held responsible for his investigation,” he said. “It’s not possible that the investigation officer does not know the truth.”

He urged judges and the courts to do their part as well in ensuring that false testimonies are identified. Justice Khosa said that it was not the job of the investigation officer to prove everything that the complainant says.

Chief Justice of Pakistan said that his first priority has always been to restore and maintain dignity of all those appearing before court. He said that police reforms should be implemented at earliest.

“Retired police officers played a pertinent role in police reforms. My first priority, when I assumed charges as a Chief Justice, was to restore dignity of all those appearing before courts particularly the officers belonging to police department,” he said.

CJP said that as a judge of High Court and Supreme Court he had witnessed some incidents when police officials coming to courts for hearings were not treated with dignity and respect.

“Whatever be the nature of case or circumstances the dignity, which is a fundamental right, cannot be violated. One judge was preceded by supreme judicial council only on the allegation that he had humiliated and insulted a police official in court proceedings. We are making sure that such incidents do not take place anywhere in future,” he added.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa further stated that ever since he became CJP, whenever something happened in the country which took notice of public at large, there was an outcry that CJP should take notice.

“I realized that because of the activism of some of my seniors, whenever something happened in the country, all the pressure was on the court. In my opinion, the situation needs to be tackled by concerned officials first. If the officials are activated, there is no need for court to jump in. Supreme Court has to be the last not the first resort,” he added.

The Chief Justice further stated that they established model courts for speedy provision of justice.

“We have established model courts in every district and initially they dealt with murder and narcotics cases. The result has been tremendous because police cooperated. Only through administrative measures we have fine tuned the system and eliminated the possibilities of adjournment of cases,” he said.

“Speaking of police reforms committee, we have launched many initiatives but the most important one is the police complaints mechanism. I am grateful to inspector generals who have fully cooperated and have spared an SP in every district to attend to people grievances before they have to resort to courts,” CJ said adding,

“In this aspect the results are absolutely unbelievable. People didn’t have to spend money go to court, and I am told so far 1 lac 20 thousand complaints have already been attended to and 95% of people were satisfied with the complaints. This is one great success serving the people in befitting manner.” he said.

Earlier, CJP chaired the session of Police Reforms Committee (PRC) – which was constituted in January to table recommendations for improvements in the policing system of the country – to examine progress achieved in reforms in the police department.

The session was attended by inspector generals of four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Islamabad.

CJP Khosa ordered to ensure timely registration of cases and said that the quality of investigation should be improved.

He also directed officers to ensure implementation of police reforms on the priority basis. The top judge also ordered immediate resolutions of complaints received by the Police Complaint Cell.