The High Court yesterday directed the law ministry to take necessary steps to keep Narail District and Sessions Judge Sheikh Abdul Ahad away from discharging judicial duties in criminal cases for one year for exempting the prime accused in a murder case.
The HC asked the ministry to take the steps in consultation with the Supreme Court. It also directed the ministry to assign another Narail sessions judge to hold a fresh hearing on the charge framing of the murder case after cancelling the previous order in this regard, Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi told The Daily Star.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a petition, filed by one Nazmul Huda, seeking its necessary orders in this connection.
Nazmul’s brother Enamul Haque was shot dead in Barnail Bazar area under Kalia Police Station of Narail on February 10, 2015.
The victim’s brother had filed the murder case with the police station accusing 68 people, including Mallick Majharul Islam alias Maza.
In the case statement, Nazmul said Mallick ensured the death of his brother by firing three bullets into his body.
On June 10 this year, Judge Abdul Ahad had framed charges in the case dropping the name of Mallick.
Later, Nazmul filed the petition with the HC challenging the district and sessions judge’s indictment order. He prayed to the HC to order the judge to include Mallick’s name in the case.
The HC on July 7 ordered Judge Abdul Ahad to explain why his judicial power should not be curtailed for exempting Mallick from the murder case.
Three days later, the judge sent a letter to the HC offering an unconditional apology to it over exemption of Mallick.