A Dhaka court today accepted the supplementary charge sheet submitted by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against three accused in the Maj Gen Abul Manzur murder case.
The accused in the supplementary charge sheet are: Lt Col (retd) Mostafa Kamaluddin Bhuiyan, Lt Col (retd) Shamsur Rahman Shams and Maj (retd) Kazi Emdadul Haque.
The court relieved late Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Major (retd) Abdul Latif from the charge sheet as they died already.
Judge Dilara Alo Chandana of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka accepted the charge sheet after scrutinising case dockets and other relevant documents.
The judge then set April 6 for next hearing of the case.
On January 13, Md Kutubuddin, a superintendent of police at CID and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the supplementary charge sheet.
In the charge sheet, Kutubuddin said he had contacted Manzur's wife and children, who lived abroad, but they refused to give statements to the investigators and before the trial court.
He said he did not find any flaw in the previous investigation.
On February 27, 2014, the trial court ordered further investigation into the murder case after Special Public Prosecutor Asaduzzaman Khan Rochi submitted a petition in this regard during the closing arguments.
"While scrutinising the charge sheet, I found some flaws and incompleteness in the probe…. Although it is a sensational case, names of some key witnesses have been dropped," the prosecutor had told the court.
Maj Gen Manzur was killed at Chattogram Cantonment on June 1, 1981, just two days into the assassination of the then president Ziaur Rahman.
A total of 26 judges have heard the murder case since it was filed on August 28, 1995. The judges were either promoted or transferred to other districts.