Dhaka, Jul 18 (UNB) – The High Court on Thursday turned down an appeal seeking cancellation of slain Rifat Sharif’s wife Ayesha Siddika Minni’s remand and said that HC would not interfere in this matter right now.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice Kamrul Kader passed the order when Supreme Court lawyer Faruk Hossain brought a newspaper report titled- “Minni’s remand; no one beside her” to the court’s notice.
“Now Minni has been accused in the case, right now we don’t want to interfere in it. There is also a scope to file the appeal with the subordinate court,” the court said.
Minni’s husband Rifat Sharif, 22, was attacked with sharp weapons near the main gate of Barguna Government College. His wife Aysha Siddika Minni appeared to be trying to protect him during the attack in broad daylight caught on surveillance camera.
Police arrested Minni on Tuesday night after a daylong interrogation. A court granted police five days to interrogate her in custody.
Apart from Minni, 13 suspects have so far been arrested. Seven of them have reportedly confessed to their involvement in the murder.
Dhaka, July 18 (UNB)- The High Court on Thursday issued seven directives, including the disposal of rape or murder cases within 180 days of filing those with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals.
The bench of Justice Enayetur Rahim and Justice MdMostafizurRahman issued the order during hearing on threecases filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act2000.
The court ordered continuing the cases every working day without any break after the startof hearing in the cases according to section 20 of the Act.
It ordered formation of a monitoring committee with the Additional District Magistrate, Additional Superintendent of Police (Admin), a representative of Civil Surgeon, and related Public Prosecutor (PP) to ensure the presence and safety of witnesses of the cases.
The PP concerned will coordinate the committee and submit monthly report about its activities to the Supreme Court, Home Ministry and the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the court said.
If there are multiple tribunals in a district, all the PPs will be included in the committee and the senior most one will coordinate the committee, it added. The monitoring committee will be accountable if the state side fails to ensure presence of the witnesses to the court on the scheduled date without any valid reason, it said.
The committee will monitor and take steps to ensure issuance of notices summoning witnesses at the possible quickest time.
The tribunal may recommend taking departmental action and stop the salary of the official witnesses --magistrate, police, doctors and other experts if they fail to appear before as witnesses without any satisfactory reason, it said.
The court thinks that it is a necessity to formulate a witness protection law and it expects the government will do it soon.
The HC bench came up with the directives while hearing bail petitions in three cases filed with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.