A Dhaka Court today granted 36 days more to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to submit the probe report in journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi murder case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Tareq Mainul Islam Bhuiyan asked the Rab to place the report before it on September 18.
The court order came after Wares Ali, assistant superintendent of police of the Rab and also investigation officer (IO) of the case, filed a time petition as he failed to submit the probe report today (August 13) as per its June 29 directives.
On March 18, Wares Ali took over the charge of investigation into the case and submitted a progress report to the court on March 20 complying with a High Court order.
Police have so far arrested eight accused, including the guard of the victims' residence, who are now behind bars.
Sagar Sarowar, news editor of private TV station Maasranga, and his wife Meherun Runi, senior reporter of another channel ATN Bangla, had been killed at their rented flat in the capital's West Rajabazar on February 11, 2012.
Their only son Mahir Sarowar Megh, then 5, was at home at that time.
The Detective Branch of police was first tasked with probing the twin murder. It detained four suspects and interrogated some 40 people.
Frustrated with the DB's performance, the High Court in April 2012 handed over the case to the Rab. The Rab interrogated as many as 100 people.
In October 2012, the then home minister announced a bounty of Tk 10 lakh for helping law enforcers nab Humayun Kabir, the guard at Sagar-Runi's residence who was on the run.
Humayun was arrested on February 9 last year, but there has been no progress in the case since then.