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Split verdict at High Court on ghost cases petition

The petition will now be sent to the chief justice, who will constitute a new bench

Update : 09 Oct 2018, 05:50 PM

The High Court has issued a split verdict on a writ petition on ‘ghost cases’ against politicians outside of the ruling party.

Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ashraful Kamal issued the split verdict on Tuesday. As per law, the petition will now be forwarded to the chief justice, who will constitute a new bench for the ruling.

The petitioners had urged the High Court to issue a rule asking the concerned authorities why the act of lodging fictitious cases against political leaders and activists by misusing police power will not be declared illegal.

Also Read- Ghost cases: High Court raises questions about police image

The petitioners has asked to court to issue a ruling for the creation of an independent probe committee to deal with the matter or stop investigations in those cases. The petitioners also asked for a court directive on the formation of an investigative committee under the Home Ministry as well, and on the assurance that no such cases will be lodged against anyone in the future.

Almost 4,000 cases were lodged against around 300,000 people, including opposition political leaders and senior lawyers of the Supreme Court- including a few lodged against deceased people.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Haque Tutul represented the state on Tuesday and Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Md Masud Rana and Barrister AKM Ehsanur Rahman represented the petitioners.

On September 23, advocate AK Khan submitted the petition on behalf of senior lawyers Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia.

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain was accused in four to five cases that were lodged in the span of three days. 

The court on Monday’s hearing asked the state’s attorneys whether the senior lawyer had actually been  out in the dark of the night, throwing improvised bombs.

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