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We know who changed samples of bottles found from Memon’s room: CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said he knows fully well under whose supervision samples were changed of alcohol bottles seized from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sharjeel Memon’s hospital room.
The chief justice’s remarks came as he heard cases at the Supreme Court.
During the hearing, Sindh chief secretary noted that a report on the contents of the bottles seemed ‘suspicious’.
“It seems that there has been tampering in the report,” the Sindh chief secretary said while adding that CCTV footage is available of the hospital and Memon’s room which had been declared sub-jail.
“We will submit a report after looking into the matter,” he said.
To this, Justice Nisar said, “I had not called for an examination of the contents of the bottles found from Memon’s room.”
The chief justice further said that he “saw no bottle of honey” in the former Sindh information minister’s room.
He continued, “Memon never denied that there was alcohol in the bottles, he just said there were not his.”
“In Sindh, all politicians fall ill and get shifted from the jail to a hospital,” the CJP remarked.
Further, during the hearing of another case, the CJP said, “There has been a hue and cry over my visit.”
“Just go and visit that room it is like a presidential suite,” he added.
Justice Nisar further clarified, “I had not intended to seize alcohol and if I wanted to conduct an inquiry, I would have sent the samples for testing myself and would have gotten the suspects arrested then.”
“We know fully well who later changed the samples,” he added.
Justice Nisar on Saturday made a surprise visit to three hospitals in Karachi, including Memon’s hospital rooms. 
During the CJP’s visit, three bottles were found from the PPP leader’s room and were sent for testing.
However, on Monday a test report by Chief Chemical Examiner, Dr Zahid Ansari, revealed that the bottles did not contain alcohol.
According to the report, one of the bottles contained honey and the other cooking oil.