LHC restrains police from registering FIR against Rana Sanaullah

Reply from police authorities sought, hearing adjourned till June 30

The Lahore High Court has barred police from registering an FIR against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and others.

Justice Sardar Sarfraz Dogar has passed the order on a petition filed by constable Muhammad Aslam.

The Lahore High Court judge has also sought reply from the police authorities and adjourned the hearing till June 30.

A local court had earlier ordered the police to register FIR against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and others for alleged torture on the lawyers and PTI workers on the day of Azadi March towards Islamabad.

The session’s court had directed registration of a criminal case against Interior Minister and top police officials over the alleged torture of lawyers in Lahore on the day of Azadi March on May 25. The court had asked the petitioner to approach the relevant SHO for further proceedings.

Owing to PTI’s Haqeeqi Azadi March in May, authorities had invoked section 144 to stop mass gatherings in order to maintain law and order situation. Shipping containers were placed on major thoroughfares to block passage of protesters.

However; undeterred by these moves of government, the marchers removed the blockages by force and as a result they were met with tear gas and other measures adopted by law enforcing agencies.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in his statements, repeatedly blamed the interior minister and police for furious acts against people. He had said that party would register cases against those responsible for using force. The matter was taken to court by PTI lawyers where order was passed to register an FIR.