Atta Rabbani Additional Sessions Judge said that the copies of the challan would be issued in the next hearing on September 23 when all the suspects would be present.
The court extended the judicial remand of Zahir Jaffer who is the prime suspect in the very highlighted murder case, his parents, and three of their staff, identified as Jan Muhammad, Iftikhar, and Jameel, till the next hearing.
The judge also demanded the presence of the six therapy works’ employees who are suspects in the case. The psychotherapy service had been scrutinized as the murder investigation unfolded as the primary suspect was revealed to be a psychotherapist.
The lawyer for Zahir’s parents said that the six suspected employees had been granted bail and the court has issued a summoning notice to them.
He also requested for an on-camera trial on Thursday on which the Judge answered, “The application will be looked at in accordance with the law once it is submitted.”
Zahir, his parents — Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee — and the three other suspects were present in today’s hearing.
Thursday’s challan submission came after a considerable delay with the deadline has already expired in mid-August.
Police officers involved in the investigation had told Dawn on condition of anonymity that under the law, the challan of a case should be submitted to the court within 14 days after the suspect is sent on judicial remand.
“Not submitting the challan to the court within the legal deadline is a violation of the law,” another officer had said, adding that the investigators should have legally proceeded.