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HC: Why delay in Sagar-Runi murder investigation?

The court also fixed November 14 for the hearing of a petition for omitting the name of Tanvir Rahman from the case

Update : 11 Nov 2019, 08:23 PM

The High Court on Monday wanted to know how long the investigation into the Sagar-Runi murder case will continue as seven years have already elapsed since the murder.

The High Court bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman asked Khandaker Shafiqul Islam, investigation officer (IO) of the case and additional superintendent of RAB, about the progress of the investigation.

The court also fixed Nov 14 for passing an order on the petition filed by Tanvir, an accused in the case, seeking cancellation of the case.

The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain in two weeks as to why the proceedings of the case against Tanvir could not be quashed.

Advocate Fouzia Karim Firoz stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Sarwar Hossain represented the state.

The court said the investigation has not been completed after a long seven years. 

"Will the investigation continue for an indefinite period of time," asked the court, expressing its deep dismay over the slow pace of investigation.

During the hearing, IO Khandaker Shafiqul Islam said: "No clue has been found in the murder case while samples for four DNA tests have been sent to the USA for lab tests. Among them, reports of two tests were received but the samples did not match with that of the accused. The other two samples were sent to the FBI."

It has been nearly eight years since the murder, but the investigation has been not completed yet, even though six officers were appointed from time to time from police and RAB.

On October 1, a Dhaka court directed RAB to submit a probe report on November 14. The investigation authority has delayed submitting the progress report of their investigation 60 times but failed to make any headway.

During the probe, investigators interrogated a total of 158 people, including 27 journalists, and recorded statements of Mahir Sarwar Megh, the only son of the slain couple.

Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar Sarowar and his wife ATN Bangla Senior Reporter Meherun Runi were found dead at their rented apartment in the city's west Rajabazar on 11 February 2012.

Police arrested Tanvir in connection with the murder case on October 1, 2012. Later, he secured bail in 2014.

Law enforcers have so far arrested eight people, including Tanvir, in connection with the murder case.

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