HC gets verdict, case documents
The paper books of the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases reached the High Court yesterday from the Bangladesh Government Press for hearing the death reference and appeal of the case.
On completion of the relevant procedure, the file regarding the case will be placed before the chief justice next week.
Then Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha may assign a HC bench for hearing the death reference and appeal of the case, Additional Registrar of the High Court Sabbir Faiz told The Daily Star yesterday.
The paper books have been prepared on priority basis as per instruction from the chief justice so that the death reference and appeals of the case are settled quickly.
A paper book contains all the details of a case, trial proceedings, statements, evidence, verdicts and other documents. The book is necessary for the HC to hear and dispose of a death reference or an appeal.
The HC received the death reference of the case from the trial court on January 22.
If a lower court sentences any person to death, its judgement is examined by the HC through hearing arguments for confirmation of the death sentence. The case documents and the judgement reach as death reference to the HC from the lower court in seven days after the verdict is pronounced.
Earlier on January 16, the District and Sessions Judge's Court in Narayanganj found 35 people, including 25 former Rab officials and expelled ruling Awami League man Nur Hossain, guilty of abduction and murder of seven people and destroying evidence in April 2014.
The court handed down death penalty to 26 people, including 16 former Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) men, and jailed nine others for various terms.