The High Court today directed for conducting a judicial inquiry into the allegation against Officer-in-Charge of Rajshahi’s Puthia Police Station Shakil Uddin Ahammed of manipulating the first information report (FIR) of a murder case.
In response to a writ petition, the court also asked the chief judicial magistrate of Rajshahi to submit the probe report on the allegation before it in 45 days.
Moreover, the HC issued a rule asking the respondents to explain why OC Shakil should not be suspended for manipulating the FIR of the case filed for killing labour leader Md Nurul Islam on June 10 this year.
In the rule, the court asked them to show cause why their inaction in taking action against OC Shakil Uddin for his implication in criminal cases and involvement with corruption and other serious criminal offences in the local area should not be declared illegal.
Home secretary, inspector general of police (IGP), chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission, deputy IGP of Rajshahi range, superintendent and assistant superintendent (Puthia circle) of Rajshahi police, and OC Shakil have been made respondents to the rule.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the order and rule following a writ petition filed by Nigar Sultana, daughter of Nurul Islam, seeking necessary order on the respondents.
Citing the petition, Nigar Sulatana’s lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua told reporters that election to Puthia Motor Sramik Union was held on April 24 where Nurul Islam contested for the post of general secretary.
On April 25, Abdur Rahman Patal was shown elected as general secretary Puthia Motor Sramik Union.
Nurul Islam filed a case with a Rajshahi court on June 9 claiming that he (Nurul) got 602 votes and Patal got 520 votes in the election, but Patal was declared elected illegally.
The Rajshahi court the same day issued an injunction restraining Abdur Rahman Patal and three others from taking the responsibility of the executive of Puthia Motor Sramik Union. The order was imposed on them on June 10.
Around 8:00 pm on June, Nurul Islam went missing and his body was recovered from SS Brickfield at morning on June 11, Barrister Jotirmoy said.
The lawyer said Nurul Islam’s daughter Nigar Sultana filed a murder case with Puthia Police Station on June 11 against eight persons including Abdur Rahman Patal.
In the FIR, Nigar alleged that OC Shakil was involved in the manipulating the result of Puthia Motor Sramik Union election in favour of Abdur Rahman Patal.
In continuation of the case, the police, later on, submitted an FIR the trial court in Rajshahi where the names of the eight accused were dropped, Jyotirmoy Barua said.
The petitioner’s counsel said OC Shakil Uddin Ahammed is accused of at least two criminal cases and there is allegation against him of committing corruption, but he was not suspended yet.
Barrister Abu Bakar Siddique also appeared for the petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Amit Dasgupta represented the state.