A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the defence lawyer’s plea for an extension to submit the High Court order on the petition for revision of charges pressed against five accused in the Biswajit Das killing case.
Acting Judge Md Nuruzzman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal 4 rejected the petition after hearing.
The court also fixed November 11 for examining the accused.
Earlier on October 22, Defence Lawyer Shah Alam petitioned for section 304 instead of 302 of penal code under which to frame charges, but the court rejected the plea.
Later, the defence lodged the petition with the High Court for revision of charges against the five.
Biswajit Das, proprietor of Amantron Tailors at Shakhari Bazar in the capital, was hacked to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Jagannath University unit during the opposition’s countrywide road blockade programme on December 9 last year.
On October 24, the tribunal completed cross-examination of witnesses in Biswajit killing case. A total of 32 of 60 prosecution witnesses testified at the court.
On March 5, DB Inspector Tajul Islam, also investigation officer of the case, pressed charge sheet against the accused in the case. On June 2, a Dhaka court framed charges against 21 BCL activists while the trial began on July 14.
Of the 21, eight BCL activists Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, AHM Kibria, Quiyum Miah Tipu, GM Rasheduzzaman Shaon, Saiful Islam, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, alias Shakil, Emdadul Haque Emdad and Golam Mostafa are now in jail while 13 others on the run.
The eighth could not be produced before the tribunal yesterday because of the countrywide shutdown.
Following the death of Biswajit on December 9, a murder case was filed by Sub-Inspector Jalal Uddin with Sutrapur police station.