The High Court on Wednesday gave the Police Bureau of Investigation sixty more days for further investigation into the much-talked-about murder case of Sagira Morshed.
A HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman issued the order responding to a petition by PBI.
Sagira was killed at Siddheswari Road in the city on July 25, 1989 as she went to bring her daughter home from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Riding a motorcycle, two people tried to snatch her gold bangle. At one stage, they gunned her down when she was trying to flee the spot. She, however, succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital.
After ages of the incident, PBI recently found that it was not merely a mugging incident and sought the court’s attention in this regard.
On June 26 this year, the High Court dismissed a petition filed against the order of further inquiry into the case, allowing resumption of the trial.
On November 13, the investigating authorities found that Sagira was murdered following family feud as two relatives of the deceased – Dr Hasan, her brother-in-law and his wife Shahin Chowdhury – confessed their involvement in the killing before Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain.
According to crimes, information and prosecution department of Police, PBI arrested Dr Hasan after he returned home recently from abroad and produced him before the magistrate’s court.
On Wednesday, the HC ordered PBI to complete a further investigation into the case within 60 days and asked the trial court to finish its judgment procedure within 90 days after the probe.
Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state in the court.
A tribunal here on Wednesday set November 28 for delivering its verdict in a case filed against former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain under the Digital Security Act.
Cyber Tribunal Judge Md As-Shams Jaglul Hossain fixed the date after arguments from the both sides concluded.
Earlier on November 24, Moazzem pleaded himself not guilty in the case filed for unlawfully interrogating deceased Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and recording it on phone.
The ex-OC was arrested on June 16 from capital’s Shahbagh area and indicted on July 17.
A video of the incident went viral on the social media, prompting lawyer Sayed Sayedul Haque Suman to file a case against the police officer on April 15.
Moazzem had summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa's Principal Sirajuddoula and Nusrat, who accused the teacher of sexually harassing her.
The girl’s mother had filed a case over her daughter’s harassment.
The former OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman and used inappropriate language.
Nusrat was later set on fire on April 6 at an exam centre, reportedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on April 10 at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Moazzem was initially withdrawn and later suspended on May 10. A tribunal ordered his arrest on May 27 after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true.
A court here on Wednesday fixed November 28 for the next hearing on the charge-framing against 10 adult accused in a case filed over the murder of Rifat Sharif.
Judge of the District and Session’s Judge Court Md Asaduzzaman fixed the date.
The 10 accused are Rakibul Hasan Rifat Farazi, 23, Al Kaiyum alias Akon, 21, Mohaiminul Islam Sifat, 19, Rezwan Ali Khan Hridoy, 22, Md Hasan, 19, Md Musa, 22, Aysha Siddika Minni, 19, Rafiul Islam Rabbi, 20, Md Sagor, 19, Kamrul Islam Saimun, 21.
Rifat’s wife Minni and eight others accused were present on the dock.
The court also rejected bail pleas of three accused while allowed three others to sit for their Honours examination.
Meanwhile, a tribunal here on Monday fixed January 8 next for the charge-framing hearing against 14 underage accused in the case.
Rifat, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College on June 26. His wife Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack.
Twenty-four persons were accused in the murder case filed by Rifat’s father. The young man’s wife Minni, who was initially named as a witness, was later arrested on July 16 and made an accused in the case.
Main accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers on July 2.
The High Court on August 29 granted bail to Minni on conditions that she would remain in her father’s custody and refrain from talking to the media.
A tribunal on Wednesday sentenced two men to death for the rape and murder of a garment worker in Sujanagar upazila in 2012.
The convicts are Azim Uddin, 45, son of Nizam Uddin of Bangram in Sujanagar; and his friend Iqbal Hossain, 44, son of late Anwar of Dhaka’s Nabinagar.
Pabna Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal also fined them Tk 1 lakh each.
According to the prosecution, Kakoli Khatun, 30, daughter Jalil Sardar of Rajbari district, was brought to Sujanagar on September 4, 2012 by Iqbal and his friend Azim with promises of marriage.
She was instead taken to a nursery instead where she was raped and strangulated by the two men.
On information, police recovered the body. A case was later filed in this connection.
After their arrest, the duo confessed to raping and murdering the woman. Later, police pressed charges against them in court.
After examining the records, Judge of Pabna Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Waliur Rahman sentenced them to death.
A court here on Monday fixed January 28 for passing an order on confiscating the property of the absconding accused in an arson case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and others in 2015.
District and Session’s Judge Md Atabullah passed the order following petitions filed by some of the accused, including the BNP chief, seeking time, said Khaleda’s lawyer Advocate Quaimul Haque Rinku.
Eight people were killed and at least 20 others injured in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jagmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila on February 3, 2015 during the BNP-led alliance's movement.
Two cases were filed against 56 people, including Khaleda Zia, in this connection.
On October 9, 2017, Mohammad Ibrahim, sub-inspector and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge-sheet against 78 people, including Khaleda, in the case.
Later, the name of BNP leader MK Anwar was dropped after his death.
On September 12, District and Session’s Judge M Ali Akbar fixed July 31 for passing an order on confiscating the property of the absconding accused in an arson case.