Chief Justice On Surprise Visit to Incarcerated Sherjeel Memon in Hospital Finds ‘Liquor, Hashish’ in Room

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One of the bottles had honey while the other contained cooking oil, claimed Sherjeel Memon’s driver

SEP 1, 2018: Chief Justice of the country’s top court Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday ordered shifting incarcerated Sherjeel Memon back from the hospital to Central Jail after three bottles of alcohol and drugs were reportedly found in his room during top judge’s early morning visit to Dr. Ziauddin hospital.

According to Geo and The News citing sources, liquor bottles, cigarettes and hashish were recovered from the lawmaker’s room during the raid.

The chief justice visited three hospitals to check on imprisoned politicians including Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton, Karachi, where Memon was ‘under treatment’. Justice Nisar photographed alcohol bottles himself after meeting the incarcerated PPP leader briefly.

Memon’s room at the hospital was sealed and he was shifted to jail after the surprise recovery. The former provincial minister is accused of embezzling around Rs6 billion while heading the Sindh information ministry.

Memon had been under treatment and in judicial custody at the Hospital’s Shirin Jinnah branch, where his room had been declared a sub-jail.

Later, a case was lodged against Memon and his three servants on complaint of the assistant superintendent prison at Boat Basin police station. Sections relating to possession of drugs have been included in the first information report (FIR).

The jail officials have also handed over some recovered goods to the police for investigation purpose including two alcohol bottles, revealed the SSP South.

The police have also taken DVR from the hospital for investigation purpose, disclosed SSP South Omar Shahid Hamid.

SSP South said they’d collected blood samples from Memon and that “there will be an inquiry” and “action will be taken against those found responsible”.

After Ziauddin Hospital, the Chief Justice visited Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) where Hussain Lawai and Anwar Majeed, accused in the Rs35 billion money laundering case, are admitted. He observed various items in Majeed’s room and confiscated few records.

The top judge then reached the apex court’s Karachi registry and met Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Anwar Mansoor. During his meeting with the AGP, the chief justice discussed his hospital visits and asked Mansoor to note items found in Memon’s room.

“We found alcohol bottles in his room. When he was questioned, Memon said they were not his,” the CJP told the AGP.

PPP lawmaker Syed Nasir Hussain Shah later told reporters the recovered liquor bottles contained honey and olive oil.

Shah said that medical report would determine whether or not MPA Sharjeel Memon was drunk.

Speaking to media persons after alleged recovery of liquor bottles from Memon’s hospital room during Justice Nisar’s visit to Ziauddin Hospital, Shah said that the party condemns it if bottles contained liquor. “We will investigate the matter to determine the truth,” he said.

Jan Mohammad, who was one of the two men taken into custody, told reporters while being taken away that the bottles spotted by the CJP did not contain liquor. One of the bottles had honey while the other contained cooking oil, he claimed.

The two liquids had been poured into bottles of liquor, he claimed, adding that he did not know why he was being taken into custody.

According to Geo News, Jam Muhammad said that he was a driver who was sent to Memon for two days only. “I have no idea what was in the bottles,” he added.

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