A court here on Monday deferred to March 18 the charge framing hearing in Buet student Abrar Fahad murder case.
Metropolitan Session Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after Abrar’s father Barkat Ullah filed a petition with the court for shifting the case to the Speedy Trial Tribunal, said Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu.
He also hoped that ministry concerned will publish a gazette notification in this regard soon.
On January 30, the same court fixed February 17 for charge framing hearing in the case.
25 people were made accused in the case and among them, 22 are behind bars while three are on the run.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering of Buet, was beaten to death reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of October 7 after he was taken to room No-2011 on October 6 and beaten mercilessly.
The High Court issued a rule on Sunday asking why the section-43 of the Public Service Act, that states a government employee will be dismissed if he or she is sentenced a year or more in jail in any criminal case, shouldn’t be declared illegal and contrary to the constitution.
A bench of Justice Tariq-ul Hakim and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after hearing a writ petition.
The speaker of National Parliament and the secretaries to the cabinet, prime minister’s office, public administration ministry and parliament were asked to respond the rule within the next four weeks.
The Public Service Act was legislated in 2018. Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) sent a legal notice on January 16 this year to seven secretaries concerned seeking cancellation of the section as it is contradictory to the constitution and HC verdict.
Getting no response from the secretaries, the HRPB filed the writ petition on February 9.
During Sunday’s hearing, Lawyer Manzill Murshid argued for HRPB while Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta represented the state.
On completion of the hearing, Manzill Murshid said currently the maximum penalty for contempt of court is six-month imprisonment. According to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1985, a government employee would have been dismissed from his post if he or she was sentenced any term.
But in the current act, an employee will lose his job if he is sentenced a year or more in jail. That means he won’t be dismissed if he becomes convicted on charge of contempt of court.
The section violates the constitution and impedes the implementation of the HC verdict, he added.
A court here on Sunday sent a maulana to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed for making ‘derogatory remarks’ against Hajj and Umrah under the Digital Security Act.
The convict is identified as Maulana Ismail alias Abul Bashar.
Kishoreganj Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Habibullah passed the order when Abul Bashar sought bail surrendering before the court.
Advocate Mohammad Aminul Islam filed a case against Maulana Ismail alias Abul Bashar for making ‘derogatory remarks’ against Hajj and Umrah while delivering religious sermon at a discussion in Usmanpur Bhairab on December 31, 2019.
The accused also filed a case with the High Court.
On January 19, the High Court asked Maulana Ismail to surrender before the court in the case.