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Mobile court sentencing in custody: High Court verdict on Monday

  • Published at 04:11 pm January 28th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:35 pm January 28th, 2018
Mobile court sentencing in custody: High Court verdict on Monday
The High Court has set Monday to deliver the judgment on a writ petition filed over sentencing a man to eight months' imprisonment while in custody through a mobile court in October 2017 in Lohagara upazila in Chittagong. A High Court bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order on Sunday. As per the summon order, Lohagara Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), also an executive magistrate, Md Mahbub Alam, Lohagara police station Officer-in-Charge Shahjahan and Sub-Inspectors Helal Khan and Wasim appeared before the court on Sunday. During the hearing, they argued in favour of the case instead of seeking unconditional apology, angering the court. Dissatisfied over the explanation of the incident, the court set the date for delivering its judgment regarding the matter. Advocate Sharmin Farzana, representing the defendants, said her clients will seek an unconditional apology on Monday. On January 14, the court summoned Lohagara upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and three others to appear before it on January 28 to explain why the jail sentence handed down to Md Belal Uddin of Adhunagar Sardarnipara under Lohagara through a mobile court should not be cancelled and why legal action should not be taken against the officials responsible. The court also issued a rule asking the UNO and three police officers to explain why they should not be directed to pay Tk20 lakh as compensation to Belal Uddin. The home secretary, Lohagara UNO, OC and two sub-inspectors of the police station were made respondents to the rule.