LHC seeks report from Police, ACE on Elahi’s house raid

Minute Mirror - Subscribe
Minute Mirror - Subscribe

The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the director general of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) and the chief of the Punjab police on Tuesday to submit a thorough report on the late-night raid on the residence of the former chief minister of Punjab, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.

The decisions were made when Elahi’s son Rasikh made his plea against the raid on his father’s house, which occurred in Lahore.

The Punjab government, represented by the chief secretary, the director general and acting director general of the Punjab ACE, the senior superintendent of police for Lahore, and the superintendent of Model Town have been made respondents in the lawsuit.

According to Elahi’s other son Moonis, the development occurred hours after officials carried out yet another raid at Kunjah House in Gujrat.

“Punjab police are conducting another raid at Kunjah House in Gujrat. I’ve urged them to let them in even though they still lack a search warrant, he said in an early-morning tweet on Tuesday.

During today’s hearing, which was presided over by Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar of the LHC, Rasikh’s attorney argued that raids were being carried out every day on orders from the ACE and the Punjab police.

“Raids are being conducted daily after new first information reports (FIRs) are registered,” he claimed.

As long as a thorough report wasn’t filed, the attorney pleaded with the court to prevent officials from detaining Elahi and filing another case against him. The court, however, turned down the motion.

What statutes permit the judge to prevent an arrest? Judge Dogar enquired. How, before a report is presented, can we accept what you are saying?

Elahi’s residence in Gujrat was the target of yet another raid, Rasikh’s attorney maintained.

The court then ordered the director general of the Punjab ACE and the inspector general to provide a thorough report and to follow all applicable laws.

According to the appeal, Elahi was given protected bail in a case that the ACE had filed against him on April 27. The respondents stormed the petitioner’s residence on April 28 “with 300 to 400 policemen armed with sticks” and smashed down the main gate with an armoured truck, despite the court’s unequivocal instructions.

Late on Friday night, ACE and police officers searched Elahi’s Lahore home. Twelve persons, largely his staff, were taken into custody from the former Punjab chief minister’s Gulberg mansion after the raiding team forced through the front gate with an armoured vehicle. Female police officers detained a few ladies as well.