RAWALPINDI - The defence lawyers in former premier Benazir Bhutto (BB) murder case in an application have asked the trial court to direct Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to produce its investigation details, as they doubted over the statement of a police constable who claimed to bring different evidences to Lahore for chemical examination but nothing was found in FIA’s investigation file.
The defence lawyers also pleaded the court to bar the government from issuing distorted statements regarding the high profile case outside the court. The application was filed by Rao Abdur Raheem, a defence lawyer, with Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi Number 1 which assumed BB murder case hearing at Adyala Jail here on Saturday.
ATC No 1 Judge Shahid Raffique put off the hearing till March 3, 2012 and directed the FIA to produce its investigation report before the court on the next date of hearing.
Rao Abdur Raheem, while talking to TheNation, said that the defence counsel had doubts over prosecution that it was tempering the evidences.
Telling the reason of filing a fresh application, Rao said that Haider Ali, a police constable, had informed the court during cross-examination on the last date of hearing that his statement was recorded on January 16, 2008 by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Punjab government under the supervision of Chaudhry Abdul Majid, Additional Inspector General of Police.
According to Haider’s statement, Rao mentioned that he brought packets containing some evidence collected from BB assassination site by the law enforcers to Lahore for laboratory examination.
Nonetheless, the statement of police constable was not made part of the FIA investigation report.
Therefore, he asked the court to order FIA to provide the file to court, as it feared that the investigation agency could tamper the record. On this, the judge instructed FIA’s Investigation Officer to submit file with the court, which was not obeyed by the later, he informed.
“That is why I submitted an application that court may direct FIA to produce the investigation report before the court on the next date pf hearing,” he added.
Rao said that it was also mentioned in the application that the court should halt the government from issuing statements regarding BB murder case.
ATC No 1 Judge Shahid Raffique deferred the proceeding till March 3, 2012 with directions to FIA to submit the investigation report before the court on the next date of hearing.
Meanwhile, the trial court also postponed hearing in the application, filed by Begum Sehba Musharraf to release the property of her spouse former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, an accused in BB murder case, till March 3, 2012.