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20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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139 people in jail for 7 years

HC orders completion of trials by Aug 31

STAFF REPORTER

The High Court yesterday ordered respective trial courts to complete the trial proceedings of the cases against 131 people by August 31, who have been held in various jails across the country for more than seven years. The HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order hearing a petition in this regard filed by the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee.

The prisoners are accused in different criminal cases including killing charges and currently held in 68 different prisons. The lower courts concerned have been asked to submit the reports on the progress of the trial proceedings to the Supreme Court monitoring committee if they fail to finish the trial by Aug 31. The HC also ordered the respective investigation officers (IOs) to ensure the presence of the witnesses to the lower courts for settling the cases. The government authorities concerned have been asked to take departmental actions against the IOs if they fail to ensure the witnesses’ presence.

The HC also directed the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police across the country to provide necessary assistance in finishing the trial proceedings.

Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee panel lawyer Advocate Kumar Debul Dey filed the petition and prayed to the court for necessary order. The committee prepared the case details of the 139 under-trial prisoners after examining dockets of cases against total 256 prisoners who are in jails for more than seven years in different criminal cases. On November 19 last year, the Supreme Court Legal Aid Committee sent a letter to the jail authorities seeking a list of the under-trial prisoners.

After getting the lists, it sorted out a total of 139 inmates who are in jail for at least seven years, awaiting disposal of their cases. Then, the committee moved to the High Court with a petition seeking a directive for quick disposal of the cases against them. In the petition, it said that such delay in trial procedure is a violation of human rights for the accused.

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