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24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Suing activists of political parties

Writ seeks probe into accuracy of 4,000 cases

STAFF REPORTER

A writ petition was filed yesterday in the High Court, seeking its directive to the government to form a high-powered commission to investigate the authenticity of the 4,000- ‘fictitious’ cases against leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and other political parties across the country. A vacation bench of the HC, comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel, is likely to hold a hearing on the petition today (Monday), lawyers concerned have said.

Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and advocate Sana Ullah Mia jointly filed the petition in the High Court, saying that as many as 4,000 fictitious and malafide cases had been filed against three lakh leaders and activists of the Opposition political parties, including the BNP.

The petitioners appealed to the HC to issue a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be directed to take action against the persons who filed the cases against the leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties.

The petitioners also appealed to the HC to pass an order to the government to refrain from filing such cases against Opposition leaders and activists till such time as the petition remains pending in court.

They also sought a seven-member high-powered independent committee comprising representatives from the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Asian Human Rights Commission to investigate the cases.

The petitioners also sought the HC’s directive to the government to halt investigations against the petitioners till the

disposal of the petition. The home secretary, inspector-general of police (IGP), Dhaka Metropolitan police commissioner, deputy commissioner of Detective Police (North Zone), additional deputy commissioner of Ramna zone police and the officers-in-charge of Ramna and Shahbagh police stations have been made respondents in the petition.

After filing the petition, Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain told reporters that the cases had been filed against the Opposition leaders and activists to prevent them from taking part in the parliamentary elections, likely to be held at the end of December.

In response to a query, Hossain said the BNP office had a record of the “fabricated and fictitious” cases filed against political activists.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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