The High Court yesterday gave two months’ time to Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to complete further investigation of Sagira Morshed Salam murder case, filed 30 years back.
Yesterday, DAG Sarwar Hossain Bappi told The Daily Star that the lower court is supposed to finish the trial proceedings of the murder case in 90 days, once the investigation report of the case is submitted before the court.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order, following a petition filed by PBI seeking more time to further investigate the case.
Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi placed the time petition before the HC yesterday.
Sagira Morshed Salam, 34, was shot dead on the road while going to Viqarunnisa Noon School to pick up her daughter Saharat on July 25, 1989.
Sagira’s husband Abdus Salam Chowdhury filed a case accusing unnamed people with Ramna Police Station the same day. But trial of the case remained halted for the last 28 years, following a HC order.
On June 26 this year, the HC bench led by Justice Enayetur Rahim cleared the way for the lower court concerned to resume trial proceedings in the case.
At the same time, the bench ordered PBI to complete further probe into the case in two months and directed the trial court to finish trial proceedings in three months after the investigation report is submitted.
Following the HC order, PBI recently arrested four persons in connection with the case and claimed to have found in its probe that Sagira was killed 30 years ago over a domestic dispute -- as opposed to the previous narrative that it was a mugging incident gone wrong.
The four arrested persons are Abdus Salam’s elder brother Dr Hasan Ali Chowdhury (70), his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda Shaheen (64), brother-in-law Anas Mahmud Rezwan (59), and Maruf Reza (49), who was allegedly hired by Hasan and Mahmuda. All the arrestees have given confessional statements to a magistrate, he added.