A writ petition was filed yesterday seeking cancellation of the Supreme Court stay order on a High Court decision that had directed the authorities concerned to accept Bangladesh Bank employee Golam Rabbi’s complaint against suspended sub-inspector Masud Sikder as an FIR.
AKM Ehsanur Rahman, lawyer for the three petitioners, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had filed the petition praying to vacate the stay order. The petition might be heard by the chamber judge of the Appellate Division today.
Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, on January 21 stayed the High Court order until January 25 in response to a petition filed by the government.
But the petition was not on the cause list for January 25.
On January 17, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to accept Rabbi’s complaint and also said that the Mohammadpur police station officer should be dismissed. The order came following a writ petition filed by two lawyers – AKM Ehsanur Rahman and SM Zulfiqar Ali, and Radio Dhoni broadcaster Zahid Hasan.
Rabbi alleged that the SI had tortured him on January 9 in Tajmahal Road area in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur. SI Masud took away his wallet and some other documents and threatened to arrest him by showing him as a yaba trader unless he paid Tk5 lakh, Rabbi said. When he refused to pay the money, the SI allegedly threatened to put him in “crossfire” and dump his body in the Beribadh area.
Rabbi submitted a written complaint to the deputy commissioner of Tejgaon division the following day.
SI Masud, who faces many other allegations of torture and extortion, was suspended on January 16 based on a police probe report.
Police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque on January 19 defended SI Masud, accusing Rabbi of obstructing police duty. “So, SI Masud detained him for two hours but it was not what he should have done,” the IGP said.