Rawalpindi - A special customs, taxation and anti-smuggling court has directed investigators of customs department to submit challan (charge-sheet) against famous model Ayyan Ali, who is facing a money smuggling case, on April 24, 2015.
The court issued these directions to customs department investigators when they produced Ayyan before the court here on Saturday. The judge also extended judicial remand of Ayyan for 14 days.
When the proceedings of the case began, a team of customs investigators complained about non-cooperation by jail officials.
Yousaf Mughal, an official of customs department, argued before the court that some witnesses of defence have yet to be appeared before the team despite issuance of notice. He said that this process would take time and sought time from court.
On this, the court ordered the team to complete investigation and produce complete challan before the court on next hearing on April 24, 2015.
Ayyan told that court that she wanted to produce another witness before the court. The judge then ordered the investigation team to record his (witness’) statement and produce him on the next hearing.
Some members of customs department told The Nation that Adyala Jail high-ups were not cooperating with the investigators as whenever they visited jail to probe the accused, the jail authorities kept the members of joint investigation team (JIT) on waiting outside the jail even for hours. They added that some witnesses were reluctant to appear before JIT to get their statements recorded.
On a query, a senior member of customs department replied that documents provided by Ayyan Ali had been verified by the property dealer and middleman but there was still a lot of work to do to confirm their legality.
To the surprise of many, Ayyan Ali faced court proceedings with full face makeup and open hair dyed in jail. On the last hearing, the top model had appeared before the court wearing black burqa.
Interestingly, the news of appearance of Ayyan Ali spread like jungle fire in the district courts early in the morning after which a large number of lawyers, litigants and even media persons thronged special customs, taxation and anti-smuggling court to have a glimpse of the super model.
When a media person asked about jail life, Ayyan replied that she after release would produce a film showing how inmates are treated in Adyala Jail. “I will make a film on jail life and different characters there,” Ayyan added.