The High Court on Monday rejected bail to another three accused in the Maj. (retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan murder case on grounds that the petitions were not filed before it.
The order was issued by a bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim.
The three accused who sought bail are: Shahjahan Ali, Razib Hossain and Abdullah Al Mahmud.
Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morshed and deputy attorney general Sujit Chatarjee Bappi represented the state while Advocate Mahbubur Rahman stood for the petitioners.
A Cox’s Bazar court on June 27 framed charges against 15 accused, including suspended Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradeep Kumar Das, in the murder case.
The court also fixed July 26, 27 and 28 for recording testimonies of witnesses, said Public Prosecutor of Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Court Faridul Alam.
It also rejected bail petitions of another six accused, including ex-OC Pradeep and constable Sagar Dev.
On July 31 last year, Sinha was shot dead at the Shamlapur police check-post in Baharchhara Union of Cox's Bazar while returning to town after filming for a documentary.
On August 5, Sinha's sister, Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, filed a case with Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court accusing nine members of law enforcement agencies of being involved in the killing, including Pradeep Kumar Das and Baharchhara police outpost inspector Liakat Ali.
On December 13, 2020, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) submitted a charge sheet against 15 people, including police source Ayaz and three APBn members, in connection with the case filed over Sinha's murder at a checkpost manned by APBn, where officers of the Teknaf police station intercepted Sinha's car.
Khairul Islam, assistant superintendent of police of RAB-15 and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet before Cox's Bazar Senior Judicial Magistrate Tamanna Farah.