ISLAMABAD: Police investigating the Rimsha Masih case submitted an interim charge-sheet before a trial court on Saturday claiming that the prayer leader Khalid Jadoon Chishti was guilty. No evidence was found against Rimsha, said police.
Investigation Officer (IO) Munir Jaffri submitted the interim charge-sheet and said that three eyewitness had recorded their statements again him so he is found guilty. Report was submitted under section 173 CrPC and Jadoon was charged under section 295-B and 196 PPC.
District Attorney (DA) Mehfooz Paracha had initially raised objection over the charge-sheet but later signed the challan along with his note of objections.
Due to the absence of a civil judge, the charge-sheet was submitted before District and Sessions Judge Raja Jawad Abbas. The case was adjourned till September, 24.
Earlier, Civil Judge Muhammad Amir Aziz was irked over the inordinate delay in the presentation of the charge-sheet by IO Jaffri. The court had directed the Superintendent of Police to submit it.
Rimsha was arrested in a poor suburb of Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbour accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws.
On September 7, the court had granted bail to Rimsha against two surety bonds of Rs500,000 each. She was then transported by a helicopter to an undisclosed location after her release from jail.