A Jamalpur court has sent a man to jail after he accused a two-and-a-half-year old child in a case filed over land dispute without disclosing the age of the accused.
Fazlul Haque, the brother of toddler Arif, said they had a land dispute with their neighbour Abdul Hanif who accused eight persons in a case on January 16.
When the child arrived at court on Monday, Additional Senior Judicial Magistrate Waheduzzaman filed a case against Hanif for withholding information about the defendant.
Sultan Uddin, the plaintiff's lawyer, defended his client, saying the child was included as a defendant in the civil case as he would inherit the from his father in future.
But the child was accused in a criminal case.
When the judge asked how a toddler could be a criminal, the lawyer kept mum.
Defence counsel Titu Kumar Saha said the case was filed without disclosing proper information about the accused. “This is against the law.”
Public Prosecutor Nirmal Kanti Bhadro said the plaintiff had mentioned the age of six defendants but omitted Arif’s. “This is considered fraudulent,” Bhadro said.
He said when accepting the case, the magistrate could have asked the plaintiff why one defendant’s age had not been mentioned.
“Things came to this since he did not do that,” the PP said. “When the child arrived at the court, the magistrate took immediate action against the plaintiff.”