Rawalpindi - Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Adiala Jail Dr Arif Mansoor, who was transferred by superintendent jail over highlighting massive corruption, has approached the Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench for justice by filing a writ petition. “In the petition, he filed through Raja Muhammad Farooq advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan, made respondent the government of Punjab through Secretary Punjab, learned Judge Family Court, Rawalpindi, the Inspector General of Prisons, Punjab, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, Rawalpindi Region, Superintendent Adiala Jail and the Executive District Officers (Health)  of Rawalpindi and Khushab,” sources informed here on Tuesday. The single bench of LHC comprising Justice Masud Abid Naqvi would take up the petition today (Wednesday), sources added.

 The lawyer, while arguing before the court, said that his client was serving in the Health Department of government of Punjab and was presently posted as Medical Officer, Adiala Jail , who has been ordered to  repatriate to the Health Department on administrative grounds with immediate effect vide respondent number 1’s letter No. SO(Prs)2-19/2014 dated, 17 April, 2015.  (Copy of the Order is enclosed).

He said that the petitioner assailed the above order before this court in its constitutional jurisdiction inter-alia on the force and strength of following grounds that the petitioner had been asked a month ago by the respondent No.5 (jail superintendent) for sending an under trial prisoner Faiz Ahmed for his medical treatment outside the jail.  

The accused, who was also involved in a Haj scandal case, being close friend of Special Secretary (Dr Shoaib) and IG Prison Punjab, an undue favour was sought from the petitioner as the said person did not need any emergency operation or treatment that could justify his sending out of the jail.  

A report was also submitted by the petitioner but the same has not been so far submitted before the learned court. This was one of administrative reason for my transfer from the hospital on the instrumentality and propelling of respondent No.5 with smacks of height of mala fide and vindictive attitude against a person who disobeyed illegal and unlawful orders. Furthermore, second ground and reason was also associated with vindictive and rancorous attitude of the jail superintended as the petitioner’s successfully resisted inflow of narcotics and psychotropic substances inside the jail prior to his transfer.

He said that in the wake and consequence of seriously reacting of which the petitioner also has video recording, the respondent No. 5 did not take any action against the persons, including police officers, involved and instrumental in the trafficking of narcotics and such substances inside the jail.

The lawyer added that to counter the resistance and reaction shown by the petitioner against such unscrupulous elements certain applications had been caused to be moved against the petitioner. He said that his client bravely and without any favour and fear prevented receipt of commission by the superintendent jail who used to receive 17 per cent commission on medicines and even last month medicines of rupees more than Rs1,00,000/- stood donated with the efforts of the petitioner.  The petitioner’s upright, honest, functioning as loyal to state and society as turned out to be an administrative ground for his transfer from the jail hospital.

The petitioner has been confronted with so-called administrative transfer at a time when he was faced with such family problem as he was alone, who had ample opportunities in the family set-up to live abroad and work as a professional doctor but the petitioner preferred to serve his own country and set an example of honesty, high profiled performance with determination to resist against evils.

He said that the petitioner was since conscious of an earlier very high profile case of one Roohullah in case number 194/2012 Police Station Ganjmandi in the murder of a very senior and prominent lawyer of Pakistan namely Sardar Khan who fled away on medical pretexts in which the unlawful verbal orders had been accepted by one Dr Asif Butt who then was MO in the jail hospital but the said escape was managed by the superintendent who beautifully remained out of the main net and the doctor stood charged through a case who was on bail now a days. Declining of such unlawful oral orders of the jail superintendent has been made and taken as administrative grounds for transferring the petitioner.

The lawyer said that the act of authorities was illegal, unlawful, without lawful authority and jurisdiction besides being mala fide warranting interference of this court.

He prayed the court that in the circumstances, it was therefore very humbly prayed that the administrative transfer orders may graciously be declared illegal, unlawful, without lawful authority, mala fide and be set aside in the interest of justice.