KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday vowed to take action against officials involved in the transfer of murder convict Shahrukh Jatoi to a private hospital in Karachi without the permission of the Home Department.
Shahrukh, who was sentenced for killing Shahzeb Khan in Dec 2012, was enjoying a “lavish lifestyle” at the hospital where the upper floor of the facility was rented by his family. His presence at the hospital was only known through a leaked video. After the video was released, the jail authorities moved him back to the prison.
In a comment on the incident, the Sindh CM said the provincial government will take action against everyone found involved in the episode. “I got to know about this yesterday; will order a full inquiry after I get back to Karachi,” Murad told reporters in Islamabad.
In 2018, the apex court had ordered the arrest of Shahrukh and two co-accused in the Shahzeb murder case after setting aside their acquittal by a trial court and removal of anti-terrorism charges by the Sindh High Court.
In 2018, then chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar during a surprise visit to Karachi’s Malir Jail had caught Shahrukh enjoying B-class facilities at the prison. He had expressed displeasure after he found out that the VIP treatment was being meted out to Shahrukh and ordered the authorities to shift the murder convict to the death cell.
While talking to the media, the CM also lashed out at the federal government for its “incompetence”. He said the federal government has always blamed others for its faults. “It blamed the Sindh government for flour, sugar, and fertilisers shortage,” he added.
It may be recalled that tt has been revealed that Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in Shahzeb murder case, was staying in a private hospital instead of jail. The private hospital was built in a bungalow for Shah Rukh Jatoi.
According to Geo news details, it was revealed that Shah Rukh Jatoi, the main accused in Shahzeb murder case, was staying in a private hospital in the jail. Shah Rukh Jatoi was transferred to the hospital from Central Jail a long time ago.
Sources said that the foundation of the hospital was laid by Shah Rukh Jatoi’s father and the private hospital has been built in a bungalow for Shah Rukh Jatoi’s residence.
According to sources, Shah Rukh Jatoi lives on the first floor of the hospital with all facilities, where his friends also come to visit, while separate personnel have been deployed for the security of Shah Rukh Jatoi.
It may be recalled that on December 25, 2012, the sister of the slain Shahzeb Khan was mistreated by Shah Rukh Jatoi and his friend Ghulam Murtaza Lashari. However, Shah Rukh Jatoi along with his friends opened fire on Shahzeb’s car and killed him.
Shah Rukh fled to Dubai after the incident. The investigation was slow, the culprit was eventually arrested and the case went to anti-terrorism court.
On June 7, 2013, Shah Rukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur were sentenced to death while Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Later, the Sindh High Court had commuted the death sentence of Shah Rukh Jatoi and Siraj Talpur in Shahzeb murder case to life imprisonment while the two accused Sajjad Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza had upheld the life sentence.
According to ARY news convicted Shahrukh Jatoi has been shifted back to jail immediately after the airing of media report for his presence in a private hospital in Karachi, citing sources, ARY News reported on Monday.
Shahrukh Jatoi has reportedly been fled to the jail from a private hospital where he was staying for the last eight months after airing of ARY News report regarding his absence from the prison cell.
It emerged that the Sindh health department had received a letter from the provincial police chief and the home department regarding the hospitalisation of Jatoi.
ARY News correspondent visited the hospital and the room where Jatoi was staying for a long time.
Shahrukh jatoi jail hospitalised media reports
It was learnt that Shahrukh Jatoi was staying in Room No 4 of the hospital’s first floor, whereas, two jail police officials had also been deputed for his security.
Earlier in the day, it emerged that Shahrukh Jatoi, the main character of December 24, 2012, cold-blooded murder of Shahzeb Khan in Karachi’s Defence, was moved from Central Jail to a private hospital.
According to sources, Shahrukh Jatoi was shifted to a private hospital since long. “The hospital was established by the influential father of Shahrukh,” jail sources said. “The hospital has been set up in a residential bungalow for Shahrukh Jatoi,” according to sources.
“The main accused of Shahzeb murder case, residing in the bungalow at the first floor, which is furnished with all facilities,” sources said.
“Shahrukh also receives friends while separate personnel have been arranged for his security,” sources added. Sindh health department has expressed its ignorance about shifting of Shahrukh Jatoi, to a private hospital.
Twenty-year-old Shahzeb Khan, son of a DSP, was gunned down on the night of December 24, 2012, in Karachi’s Defence Housing Society.
The incident had sparked widespread outrage across the country, prompting the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the murder.