Suo moto rule on govt to explain by Oct 5
The High Court yesterday issued a suo moto rule upon the government to explain by October 5 why it should not be directed to take legal action against the ones responsible for the custodial death of Md Idris, a rickshaw puller, in Chittagong.
The court also directed the authorities concerned to submit a report after investigating the death of Idris within the next seven days.
A division bench comprising of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Syeda Afsar Jahan issued the order following newspaper reports on death of Idris in police custody.
The home secretary, inspector general of police, inspector general of prisons, commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police and officer-in-charge of Bayezid Bostami Police Station were made respondents to the rule.
According to reports, rickshaw puller Md Idris, 35, died in Chittagong Central Jail last Monday. The victim's mother Nurjahan Begum alleged brutal torture in police custody led to her son's death.
Idris, who was accused of stealing a motorbike, was hauled by the police on September 14 and taken to Bayezid Bostami Police Station from where he was sent to prison the following day.
Suo moto, meaning "on its own motion," is a Latin legal term used where a government agency acts on its own cognisance.