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SC upholds HC stay on Tushti torture case proceedings

Update : 23 Nov 2015, 07:18 PM

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court order that had stayed a move to transfer a case filed against an army officer allegedly for torturing his wife to a military court from a special tribunal.

The court also upheld the HC decision to stay the proceedings of the case filed against army major Nazir Uddin.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order yesterday, disposing the leave-to-appeal plea filed by the prosecution.

On August 12, the High Court stayed the case proceedings as the victim’s father had questioned whether a case lodged under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act could be tried in a military court.

The victim, Dhaka University’s MBA first-semester student Nusrat Jahan Tushti, was rescued from her in-law’s house in Tangail’s Kalihati in critical condition and admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on March 30.

She was tortured for dowry allegedly by her husband and father-in-law Idris Ali, also a retired army officer.

They also assaulted Tushti’s mother Shahnaz Akter and brother Muyeed Hasan when they tried to stop them.

The case was filed with the special court in Tangail on April 2.

Major Nazir was a platoon commander at the Bangladesh Military Academy in Chittagong’s Bhatiari during the incident and brought back to Dhaka after the allegations surfaced.

The HC on August 12 stayed a move to transfer the case to a military court from a special court. Responding to a writ petition, the court also the same day stayed the proceedings of the case.

Lawyer Aneek R Haque said that the HC will now decide which court to deal with the case as the SC yesterday asked the HC to hear and dispose of the writ petition. 

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