Islamabad: A Pakistani woman doctor, Shehla Shakeel Sethi, who recently returned to the country from the United States, was on Sunday sent to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for abusing policemen in the Diplomatic Enclave.
She also faces charges of forcing her entry into the restricted area a day earlier.
However, on her counsel’s request, a duty magistrate of Islamabad directed the police to get medical tests done on her and said, if the doctors found her to be a cardiac patient, she could be admitted to hospital instead of being shifted to jail.
The judge, while turning down her counsel’s plea for her bail, directed the Investigation Officer of the case to show him the video clip in which she is seen hurling abuse at the police. Earlier, Dr Shehla’s counsel told the court his client had recently returned from the US and was under mental stress when police instead of guiding her intercepted her vehicle.
It is because of police’s undue investigation that she lost her temper and the unfortunate incident took place, the counsel insisted.
However, according to police when she approached the Diplomatic Enclave Gate No. 1 she introduced herself as a lady doctor who had just returned from the United States and was currently living in Chaklala Scheme II Rawalpindi.
According to police prosecutor, she further said she had appointment in the US embassy.
She was denied entry as her vehicle was without a registration number and she had to return without visiting the embassy.
Video footage showing Dr Shehla’s encounter with the police went viral on social media. She is seen threatening the capital policemen deployed at the restricted Diplomatic Enclave for intercepting her car that was without registration number plate.
Her son could also be seen in the said video trying to calm her down.
The video clip had prompted Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi to order police to arrest her and take action in accordance with law.
The minister had also posted a tweet on his social media account there was no VIP in ‘Naya Pakistan’.
Dr Shehla was arrested from her residence in Rawalpindi’s Chaklala Scheme and moved to Women Police Station in G-7 and later was produced before the magistrate.
An FIR was registered against her by Secretariat Police under PPCs 341, 353, 186 and 506.
After the court’s order, Dr Shehla was taken to Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic) where her husband insisted she might be admitted as she was a cardiac patient.
However, the hospital administration decided to call in a Cardiac Consultant to ascertain if she was suffering from a serious cardiac problem.
It pertinent to mention her that for entry into the Diplomatic Enclave, one needs a prior permission/invitation from inside and according to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), vehicle without number plate is not allowed to enter the Diplomatic Enclave.
On the contrary, Dr Shehla was driving a car without registration number.