The lawyer misled the court and did not submit required documents at a bail hearing
The Detective Branch (DB) of police on Wednesday submitted the charge sheet in the sensational Subarnachar gang rape case, accusing 16 individuals including prime accused Ruhul Amin.
Besides the nine accused in the case filed by the victim’s husband, police found involvement of another seven men.
DB police OC Jakir Hossain confirmed the matter and said the charge sheet was submitted to Senior Judicial Magistrate Nabanita Guha's court.
He said police have already arrested 11 of the 16 accused in the charge sheet, of whom eight have already confessed to their involvement in the crime before a court.
Five more suspects including Ruhul were also in police’s custody.
HC holds defence lawyer in contempt
The High Court bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman on Wednesday also issued a contempt ruling against Ruhul’s lawyer Ashek-e-Rasul for misleading the court into granting bail to his client.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Bishwajit Roy represented the state in the contempt petition hearing, which the state filed against Rasul on Monday.
Two days before that, the High Court bench revoked the one-year interim bail it had granted to Ruhul, on March 18.
It recalled the previous decision after the state realized and proved that the defence lawyer had misled them and the court.
That day, the attorney general said Rasul had informed them that Ruhul’s bail hearing would be held before the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim.
"But the lawyer held the hearing before Justice Mamnoon Rahman’s bench instead, and secured bail by concealing Ruhul's confession and the victim's statement.”
Mahbubey said if all the case information had been produced before the court, the bail petition would not have been granted.
Calling the incident "unprecedented," the attorney general said the whole nation was shocked at the court’s decision of granting bail to Ruhul. "However, I extend my gratitude to the High Court as they promptly took counter measures, even on a weekend.”
If necessary, the bar council and the chief justice will be notified, for action against Rasul, he added.
Former Awami League leader Ruhul Amin was the alleged instigator of the gang rape of a 30-year-old woman in Noakhali's Subarnachar upazila in the early hours of January 1.
The victim and her family have said the brutal crime was committed by 10-15 local Awami League followers of Ruhul, because the victim cast her vote for a BNP candidate in the last general elections held on December 30, 2018, going against their wishes.
Her husband filed the case against nine people at Charjabbar police station.
News of the gang rape shocked the country, sparking protests in Dhaka and elsewhere, drawing condemnation on social media.