This April 30 file photo shows one of the seven bodies found on the river Shitalakkhya in Narayanganj is being pulled towards the shore. The photo was partly pixelated.
The High Court today turned down a government petition asking for excluding the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police from probing into the Narayanganj seven-murder.
While passing the order, the HC slightly modified its previous order, tasking CID only with running an inquiry into the gruesome abduction and murder of seven people in April, but not with investigating it.
Detective Branch (DB) of police, which is currently handling the two cases filed in connection with incident, will continue to do so, ordered the bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore.
Citing reasons for rejecting the petition which was placed by the Attorney General's office on behalf of the government, the court said it was not mentioned which one of the government agencies filed it.
The AG office on Wednesday submitted the petition on behalf of the government seeking its directive to exclude the CID from the investigation process.
In the petition, the AG office said the two agencies cannot conduct investigation simultaneously in a same case as per the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
A single charge sheet has to be submitted to the trial court in a case, the petitioner said.
The government’s move to file petition came more than two months after Narayanganj ward councilor Nazrul Islam, senior lawyer Chandan Sarker and five others were abducted and killed allegedly by Rab men for money.
Meanwhile, the HC bench today received four progress reports on the investigation into the abduction and killing of the seven people.
The government-formed seven-member probe committee, inspector general of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and CID submitted the reports to the HC through the AG office as per its June 4 order.
The content of the progress reports could not be known immediately.