KARACHI: The Supreme Court Monday rejected an application filed by Shahrukh Jatoi, the main person convicted in the Shahzeb murder case, seeking transfer of the case from an anti-terrorism court (ATC) to a district and sessions court, DawnNews reported.
Jatoi’s family members had filed an application at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry on June 4. The petition was filed against the decision of the Sindh High Court that had dismissed the application for the transfer of the case.
The apex court, however, rejected the appeal today.
Jatoi’s family members had also submitted an application seeking transfer of the case in the High Court, which had also been dismissed.
Twenty-year-old Shahzeb Khan was gunned down on the night of December 24, 2012 when he was returning home along with his sister after attending a wedding. Shahzeb, son of a DSP, was murdered reportedly after he had an altercation with one of the convicts’ servant who had allegedly given verbal threats to the victim’s sister.
Jatoi, Siraj Talpur, his younger brother Sajjad Talpur and their house servant Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were found guilty of killing Shahzeb in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority (DHA).
An ATC in Karachi sentenced Jatoi to death in its verdict on June 8. Moreover, another suspect, Siraj Talpur, was also awarded capital punishment for his role in the crime.
On the other hand, two other suspects in the case, Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari were sentenced to life imprisonment.
However, the parents and two sisters of Shahzeb Khan approached the Sindh High Court last month to seek acquittal of the convicts after pardoning them “in the name of Allah”