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72 more cases to be withdrawn

Update : 22 Aug 2013, 09:11 AM

The government has decided to withdraw 72 more cases filed between 2001 and 2006, identifying them as politically-motivated and intended for harassing the then opposition leaders and activists.

The decision was taken at a home ministry meeting of the Scrutiny Committee for Recommending Withdrawal of Politically-Motivated Cases presided over by committee chief and State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam yesterday.

After the meeting, Quamrul told reporters that the committee had selected the cases out of 277 that were placed before the committee’s last meeting held yesterday.

Of the cases, two were against ruling party lawmakers Subid Ali Bhuiyan of Comilla 1 constituency, and Amanur Rahman Khan Rana of Tangail 3.

However, the committee revised its previous decision to withdraw the case against Jaynal Hazari – filed for his alleged attack on journalist Tipu Sultan – in the face of questions in the media.

Quamrul said the government had ordered the prosecution to stop withdrawing the case when questions were raised. And so, the prosecution abstained from withdrawing the case.

The meeting also decided not to withdraw the case and it will remain as it was running earlier.

“A total of 277 cases were considered in the meeting. Of them, 166 came in consideration for the first time and the rest came for revisions. We recommended withdrawal of 42 cases out of the 166 new proposals and 30 cases of the 111 old ones,” he said.

All the cases that were recommended for withdrawing were politically-motivated and scrutinised and suggested by the district committees, he claimed.

“One or two murder cases may have been recommended for withdrawal, but those were also political cases. Most of the cases were filed between 2001 and 2006 during the BNP-Jamaat government’s tenure,” he said.

“The present government has not filed any politically motivated cases that could be withdrawn, if the opposition comes to the power,” Quamrul said.

He added that the opposition parties had “brought terrorism into politics” and therefore there were some cases against some of them.

According to the home ministry, 645 applications are pending to be tabled before the committee. But the committee considered 277 cases after scrutinising the merit of the cases for placing before the meeting for recommending of withdrawal.

The scrutiny committee for recommending withdrawal of politically motivated cases was formed by State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam in 2009 after the present government came to the power.

State minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku is also a member of the committee. The home ministry has been giving secretarial assistance to the committee.

The last meeting of the committee was held on September 29 last year.

According to home ministry officials, the committee has already suggested that the home ministry withdraw a total of 7,101 cases including 345 Anti-Corruption Commission cases out of the 11,113 applications they had received in the last four years.

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