Court rejects lady doctor’s bail plea, send her on 14-day judicial remand

ISLAMABAD: A judicial magistrate Sunday rejected the bail plea of Dr Shehla Shakeel Sethi in a case of misconduct with police officials and sent her on a 14-day judicial remand.

Later, she was admitted in hospital due to heart ailment on doctors’ advice.

Her lawyer had argued in the court that the clauses mentioned in the first information report (FIR) were bailable.

“My client is a heart patient and under pressure, her mental health can be affected,” he said, adding that “police officers instead of helping out, pressurized her.”

Judge Adnan Rasheed, however, rejected the lawyer’s plea and directed the investigation officer to conduct a medical test of Dr Sethi.

“If the medical test confirms Dr Sethi is healthy she will be sent to jail, or otherwise, she can be admitted to a hospital,” the judge remarked.

Earlier on Saturday, Islamabad police had arrested Dr Sethi, a US-based doctor who had recently returned to Pakistan. A case was registered against her after she threatened police personnel and hurled abuses and life threats at them when they tried to stop her from entering the Diplomatic Enclave with a car sans a number plate.

An FIR was registered against her on behalf of Assistant Sub-Inspector Police Tahir Farooq in the Secretariat Police Station, however, she had been let go at the time due to the absence of a woman police officer.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi took notice of the incident and ordered action against the lady as per the law. He said there was no VIP culture in the ‘Naya Pakistan’ and everybody was answerable to the law.