LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday observed that police did not investigate the matters properly and the courts have to take the blame at last.

A division bench headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi gave these remarks on the appeal of a factory owner arrested by Shahdra Town police for allegedly having some acidic material’ to produce daily used house holds.

An investigation officer of Shahdara police appeared before the court and said that it was not proven that the acidic material recovered from the factory of the accused was purchased from a government department.

On it, Justice Naqvi gave remarks that ‘police do not investigate matters property and the courts have to take the blame.’ He observed that the government officials should also be included into the case if such acidic material was purchased from them. The judge ordered the police to investigate record of the department concerned and submit report by January 4, the next hearing.

Earlier, Mehboob Ali Chishti’s counsel Advocate Sardar Latif Khan Khosa argued that police arrested his client merely for having sulphur material. He said the factory of the accused had also been closed while laboratory report did not prove that the material recovered from his possession was only used for production of explosive material; it proved that the material was also used for the production of soap and other house holds like that.

The counsel argued that police lodged a fake case against Mr Chishti, who he said was a respectable citizen. The counsel pleaded the court to set his client free.