Karachi court gives time to victims of 'Ponzi scheme' to narrate ordeal.

KARACHI -- A sessions court on Friday directed the counsel to advance arguments on behalf of seven female victims of a Rs420 million ballot committee (BC) scam allegedly orchestrated by social media influencer Sidra Humaid.

The additional district and sessions judge (East) fixed Jan 24 for arguments from the counsel representing the victims and issued notice to three others to file their respective replies till the next date.

On Friday, when the matter came up for hearing, the counsel for four of the seven women filed power (vakalatnama) on behalf of their clients and requested for time to argue on the matter. The judge allowed them time and issued notices to three others.

The main character of the alleged Ponzi scheme, Ms Humaid, was not present during the hearing. However, her counsel Kamran Alam was present.

Last month, Ms Humaid had approached the court seeking a direction for the SSP-complaint cell and Sharea Faisal SHO to lodge a case...

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