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SC stays case filing against SI Masud

Update : 21 Jan 2016, 07:59 PM

The Supreme Court has stayed the High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to accept Bangladesh Bank official Golam Rabbi’s complaint against Sub-Inspector Masud Sikder as a First Information Report (FIR).

Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, yesterday stayed the High Court order until January 25 in response to a petition filed by the government seeking a stay on the High Court order. The High Court order also said the police official should be dismissed.

On January 18, the HC ordered to accept Rabbi’s complaint as a FIR. The court gave the order after a writ petition was filed by two lawyers - AKM Ehsanur Rahman and SM Zulfiqar Ali - and Zahid Hasan, a broadcaster at Radio Dhoni.

It observed that SI Masud of Mohammadpur police station should be sacked as suspension was not enough for detaining and torturing Rabbi, which the court had described as a criminal offence.

The court also asked why the torture of Rabbi in police custody should not be declared unconstitutional.

SI Masud was suspended after a police probe report was submitted to the deputy commissioner (Tejgaon division) on Sunday.

The policeman confined Rabbi and threatened to kill him if he failed to give Tk5 lakh in bribe on the night of January 9. He also threatened to implicate Rabbi in a drugs case.

The following day, Rabbi submitted a written complaint to the deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division under Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

But SI Masud rejected the allegations against him, saying Rabbi was detained for failing to explain what he [Rabbi] was doing in the area in the late hours of night.

Rabbi, with wounds in his right hand and left leg, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. 

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