The prime accused has been sent to jail
A Dhaka court has denied bail to Shafat Ahmed—son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed— in a case filed over the rape of two private university students in a hotel in Dhaka’s Banani.
Judge Khademul Kayes of the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 7, on Wednesday, passed the order after Chief Public Prosecutor of the Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge Court Md Abdullah Abu submitted a petition seeking cancellation of the bail on January 15.
Meanwhile, defence counsel Md Kazi Nojibullah Hiru filed a permanent bail petition before the court.
After the bail hearing, the court rejected the petition and sent the prime accused to jail.
The court also fixed March 6 for the next date to cross-examine the victim in the case.
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On December 27, 2018, the same court granted bail to Shafat after the hearing on his bail petition in the case.
Previously, on June 8, Inspector Ismot Ara Ame of the Women Support and Investigation Division of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police—also the investigating officer of the case—submitted the charge sheet in the case naming five accused, including Shafat Ahmed.
Of the five accused, Shafat Ahmed and Nayem Ashraf were indicted for rape, while three others—Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain, and bodyguard Rahmat Ali—were charged with complicity in the rape.
On July 13 last year, the tribunal framed charges against the five accused in the case but the court could not start recording testimony of witnesses till on Sunday (February 10) due to various causes.
Earlier, the court had also deferred starting recording depositions against the accused for twice, on July 24 and August 6, in the case.
The five accused including Shafat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewelers owner Dildar Ahmed were produced before the court from the prison during the hearing in the case.
Among them, Shafat and Nayem Ashraf were charged for rape while Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali for assisting in the offence.
On June 8, police submitted a charge sheet against the five accused in the case.
On June 11, the case filed over the rape of two university students in a Banani hotel was transferred to the tribunal from the Dhaka chief Metropolitan Magistrates court.
According to the case statement, two girls went to The Raintree Dhaka, a hotel in Banani, around 9pm on March 28, 2017; after being invited to Shafat’s birthday party. After the rooftop party ended, around midnight, two of the five accused raped the girls in two hotel rooms.
Later one of the victims filed the case with Banani Police Station on May 6, 2017.