The government is releasing 329 prisoners under special consideration who served jail terms of 20 years and more in murder cases.
Colonel Abrar Hossain, Additional Inspector General of Prisons, on Thursday confirmed the matter to UNB and said that the process has been started and already some prisoners were released from jail.
The decision was taken under section 569 which exclude some special categories like cases regarding militancy, nationally noticeable issues, he said.
Prison Headquarters has issued letters to all jails across the country in this regard, Hossain said hoping that the process woule beconcluded within Monday.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Home Ministry sent a notice regarding the matter to the Inspector General of Prisons.
An arms case filed against Regent Group Chairman Shahed Karim was transferred to Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Thursday.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Zulfikar Hayat passed the order after signing the chargesheet of the case filed at Uttara Pashchim Police Station.
On July 30, investigation officer Inspector Md Shairul pressed charges against Shahed at Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan’s court.
At a press briefing at DMP media centre on the day, Abdul Baten, additional commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said there is a 15-day obligation in the arms case and chargesheet was submitted in due time.
“We’ve confirmed the veracity of the evidence needed to ensure punishment in the arms case. Now the court will give its verdict,” he told reporters.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Shahed from a bordering area of Satkhira on July 15 and airlifted him to Dhaka.
The next day, the court placed him on a 10-day remand in a case filed for deceiving people in the pretext of coronavirus test.
Later, DB police along with Shahed conducted a drive in Uttara area and recovered some firearms.
A case was then filed with Uttara Pashchim Police Station over the incident.
The regular activities of the High Court division resumed on Wednesday after five months of suspension due to Covid-19 outbreak.
Judges, lawyers and court staffers were seen using face masks and sanitizers in the courtrooms and maintaining social distance, witnesses said.
Earlier on Monday, the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has formed 53 benches to operate the activities of the HC division in regular benches and also in virtual benches.
Among them, 18 benches have been operating regular judiciary activities and 35 benches virtually.
The Supreme Court announced general vacation since March 26, for coronavirus pandemic.
On May 10, an ordinance was promulgated allowing courts to run trial proceedings through videoconferences and other digital facilities. President Abdul Hamid promulgated the ordinance.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday asked Advocate Syed Mamun Mahbub to appear before it on August 20 as he allegedly made derogatory remarks about Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and judiciary on Facebook.
A six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order.
The SC also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why legal action should not be taken against the lawyer on charge of contempt of court over his comment.
Mamun Mahbub will have to respond to the rule through a video conference on August 20.
Earlier, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam raised the issue before the bench on Wednesday.
Syed Mamun Mahbub said, "I used a wrong word about the Chief Justice in a Facebook status. I have already deleted the status from my Facebook wall.”
“I posted another status offering apology. I will appear before the court on August 20 and will offer unconditional apology for my mistake," he said.
A Cox's Bazar court on Wednesday placed seven people, including four policemen, on a seven-day remand each in a case filed over the killing of Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan.
Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Judge Tamanna Farah passed the order after hearing separate remand petitions filed by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).
Those remanded are sub-Inspector Litan Miah and constables Safanur Karim, Kamal Hossain and Abdullah Al Mamun , Nurul Amin, Nizam Uddin and Mohamamd Ayas.
Earlier on Monday, a court sent the four policemen to jail in the murder case.
Later, they were placed on a 2-day remand
RAB on Tuesday detained three more suspects, who were made witnesses in the murder case filed by police.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested them from Marisbunia in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district in connection with the killing of Major (retd) Sinha.
Major (retd) Sinha was killed in police firing at Baharchhara police check-post on July 31.
Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, elder sister of Sinha, filed a case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court after the incident on August 5.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah issued arrest warrants against all of the accused after taking the case into cognizance on that day.
OC Pradeep surrendered on the following day and later police took him to Cox’s Bazar.
The Home Ministry formed a four-member committee, headed by Mizanur Rahman, additional divisional commissioner (development), on August 2.