The Supreme Court has fixed April 30 for delivering its verdict on an appeal filed by the state against the acquittal of six convicts in the 1975 jail killing case.
A six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date after hearing a series of arguments placed by the state and defence counsels.
Concluding arguments on behalf of the state, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and the Chief Prosecutor Anisul Huq pleaded to the apex court to provide the accused with capital punishment.
On the other hand, Abdullah Al Mamun, a counsel for two accused - - Marfat Ali Shah and Abdul Hashem Mridha, prayed for upholding the High Court verdict that acquitted his clients from the charges.
The apex court heard arguments from both the state and defence counsels for 10 working days after the state filed the appeal with the court on January 15, challenging the HC verdict in the case filed for killing four national leaders -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, AHM Quamruzzaman and Captain Mansur Ali -- inside the Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975, by a group of army soldiers.
The very next day of the committing of the brutal crime, Kazi Abdul Awal, the then deputy inspector general (prison), filed a murder case with the Lalbagh police station.
The trial in the shocking assassination, however, began 23 years later after Awami League formed government following the 1996 national election.
On October 15, 1998, a charge sheet was filed against 23 persons accusing them of killing the four leaders who were involved with the politics of Awami League and also played a significant role in organising the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.
A Dhaka court on October 20, 2004, delivered his verdict on the case, sentencing Risaldar Moslem Uddin, Dafadar Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar Abul Hashem Mridha to death.