The Supreme Court today modified its verdict in the sensational Gopal Krishna Muhuri murder case.
In the modified verdict, the apex court fined each of the three convicts -- whose death sentences were commuted to imprisonment till their natural death --Tk 50,000.
In case of default, the convicts will have to serve one more year in jail, the Appellate Division of the SC said in the modified judgement, Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta told The Daily Star.
He said a three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Muhammad Imman Ali modified its verdict on suo moto (voluntary) move as there is a provision for fining along with the life term imprisonment under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
On October 6, the apex court, inadvertently, did not mention the fine in its verdict in Gopal Krishna Muhuri murder case, DAG Amit Das Gupta said.
Meanwhile, Khandker Mahbub Hossain, a defence lawyer for convict Alamgir Kabir alias Baitta Alamgir, told this correspondent that his client will move a petition before the Appellate Division seeking review of the judgement in the case.
How the convicts can serve one more year in prison after they die, if they don't pay the fine, he asked.
Lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain, however, said the fine is a must along with the imprisonment as per Section 302 of the Penal Code of Bangladesh.
On October 6, the Appellate Division bench had delivered the verdict in Gopal Krishna Muhuri murder case after hearing the appeals of three convicts against the High Court verdict on them.
In the verdict, the apex court commuted the death sentences of three convicts-- Azam, Alamgir Kabir and Taslim Uddin Montu-- to imprisonment till their natural death.
Principal Gopal Krishna Muhuri of Nazirhat College in Chattogram was shot dead at his Jamal Khan Road residence in the port city on November 16, 2001.