There is no legal bar now to file a case over the incident of police torture on a Bangladesh Bank official as the Supreme Court Chamber Judge’s order that stayed the case filing has become ineffective after January 25, petitioners’ lawyer Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon said.
Khokon is a lawyer of three plaintiffs who had filed the writ petition with the HC and the court came up with an order of filing of the case.
On January 18, the HC directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Mohammadpur police station to record an application of Golam Rabbi as a first information report (FIR).
But the SC Chamber Judge on January 21 stayed the HC order in response to a petition filed by the government. The state sought a stay on the HC order.
The Chamber Judge stayed the case filing and placed it for a full bench hearing on January 25.
While briefing the media over the issues, Khokon said the government petition was not heard by the full bench of the apex court as the petition was not included in the hearing list.
“We hope that now police will record the allegations of Golam Rabbi as an FIR considering that the HC order has become effective following the date,” he said.
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.