HC rejects Bd opposition plea to probe ‘fictitious’ cases

The High Court on Sunday rejected the petition filed seeking formation of an independent probe panel to look into the ‘fictitious’ cases filed against leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties.

A one-man bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukdar rejected the petition after hearing on it.On November 22, the High Court fixed Sunday to pass its order over the writ petition.The High Court delivered a split order on the writ petition on October 9.The senior member of the two-member HC bench, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, passed an interim order and issued a rule over the matter while junior member Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the writ.

Following the split order, the matter was sent to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who assigned the new bench to dispose it of.Senior lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and lawyer M Masud Rana stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin and Assistant Attorney General Helena Begum stood for the state.

In the rule, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury wanted to know why the filing of ‘fictitious’ cases intentionally against the petitioners and leaders and activists of different political parties should not be declared ultra vires and why directives should not be given to take action against those involved in filing these cases.At the same time, the Inspector General of Police was asked to take steps to monitor and investigate the cases and submit a report before the court in affidavit within 60 days.

On September 23, former Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition.According to the writ petition, law enforcers filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from September 1 till September 20.

source: UNB