Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code: Police Was Ordered to Instantly Record Statements of Witnesses by High Court

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has ordered police to instantly record the statements of witnesses in Raymond Davis case; who is facing charges of killing two Pakistanis on January 27.

Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed the order on Wednesday while disposing off a writ petition, challenging the investigation against Davis, accusing police of favouring the accused and not recording the statements of witnesses, a mandatory requirement under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Imran Haider, brother of Faizan Haider, who with his friend was gunned down by Raymond Davis, has filed the petition, saying that police were favouring the accused in various ways. He said that after the registration of FIR on his complaint, police were not recording his statement and statements of other eye witnesses to favour the accused. He submitted that he had visited the police station many times for the purpose but the incharge of investigation refused to record the statements of the witnesses on the plea that he was under instructions of their high ups and was not in a position to record the statements without permission.

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