Faridpur judicial magistrate summoned over recording statements of murder accused
04:59 PM, September 16, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:17 PM, September 16, 2020

Faridpur judicial magistrate summoned over recording statements of murder accused

The High Court today summoned Faridpur's Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Mainul Islam for not properly following the relevant rules in recording confessional statements from three accused in a school student murder case.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Mainul Islam has been asked to explain before the HC on October 8 why he recorded confusing confessional statements from the three accused within a very short period and without giving them adequate time, Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi told The Daily Star.

The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the summons order while hearing an appeal filed by the accused -- Azizul Sheikh and Ashraf Sheikh -- against a lower court that has rejected their bail petitions in the murder case.

During hearing the appeal today, Ruhul Quddus Kazal, lawyer for accused Azizul and Ashraf, told the HC that a school student -- Antor of Nagarkanda in Faridpur -- was abducted and strangled to death on June 7, 2018.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Mainul Islam recorded confessional statements from Azizul and Ashraf and another accused (name not known) within only two hours on June 28, 2018, which is impossible and a violation of relevant rules as at least three hours' time must be given to an accused for making confessional statements to the magistrate, lawyer Kazal said.

Moreover, the three accused have made more or less similar statements, which is also illogical, Ruhul Quddus Kazal argued.

After hearing the arguments, the HC bench summoned the senior judicial magistrate for his explanation on the issue, and kept the appeal pending for hearing till October 8.

The case filed for the killing of Antor is now pending with Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Daman Tribunal of Faridpur.

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