The plight of the children caught attention after they appeared on an Ekattor TV program
Two children, grandsons of late attorney general KS Nabi, have finally been able to return home to their father’s home after the High Court issued a Suo moto order in a rare midnight session on Saturday.
Milton Anwar, senior reporter of Ekattor TV who covered a news story concerning the children on Saturday, told Dhaka Tribune that police returned the children home at around 1am on Sunday.
The children had been living with their father Kazi Siratun Nabi, a Supreme Court lawyer, since his divorce from mother Sahanaj Nabi. They moved back in with their mother for some time after his death on August 10.
When they tried to return to their father’s house, the children were denied entry by uncle Barrister Kazi Rehan Nabi, also a Supreme Court lawyer, according to Ekattor TV. The reason why he denied them entry remains unclear.
On Saturday night, the High Court bench of Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman issued the Suo moto order for the children to be allowed to return home after watching a video of the children explaining their predicament that was televised on an Ekattor TV program. The children were present in court.
Once court proceedings were over, Dhanmondi police returned the children to their home, in compliance with the court order. The children are staying there with their mother.
The court has also asked the children and all other parties concerned to appear in court on October 11. Dhanmondi police have been asked to ensure that the children are protected until then.
Ekram Uddin Miah, officer in charge at Dhanmondi Model police station, confirmed that police were stationed in front of the children’s home to ensure their safety.
Dhaka Tribune could not reach Barrister Kazi Rehan Nabi or Sahanaj Nabi for comment.
Mehrin Ahmed, the children’s aunt and the person who reportedly informed Dhanmondi police of the situation, on Sunday told Dhaka Tribune the situation was going to be resolved and she did not wish to comment further on family matters.
On the Ekattor TV program, Mehrin had claimed Kazi Rehan Nabi was trying to keep his nephews from returning to the house in an attempt to seize ownership of his late brother’s property.
Kazi Siratun Nabi’s house belongs to his sons through rights of inheritance, she had said.
Advocate Manzil Murshid, who also joined the televised program, said the incident is an example of human rights violation.
The anchor of the program urged the High Court to issue a suo moto order, to enable the children to return home.