HC verdict July 30
Seven children of former deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Anisur Rahman were produced before a High Court (HC) bench yesterday prior to delivery of the judgement in a writ petition seeking their custody.
The HC bench comprising Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Farid Ahmed examined the status of children aged around three years.
During the hearing of the case, the HC bench recently asked advocate Kazi Sajwar Hossain, lawyer of Anisur Rahman, to produce the children before the HC bench for examining their status.
Advocate Kazi Sajwar Hossain yesterday brought the children guarded by the police to the HC bench.
The HC will deliver the judgement on July 30 in a writ petition filed by Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) seeking custody of the seven infants, airing doubt about parenthood of the children and apprehending a racket for trafficking them out.
In June 2006, there were newspaper reports triggering controversy about the ex-DIG couple maintaining a household with 14 children, seven of them seemingly of the same age of 18 months to 24 months. Since the emergence of the dispute, the couple has claimed that the seven children were born to them as septuplets.
Bangladesh Society for Establishment of Human Rights (BSEHR) Executive Director Advocate Alena Khan filed the complaint case under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act with Badda Police Station on June 15, 2006.
Earlier, the couple had declined to have the DNA test at Dhaka Medical College Hospital despite a magistrate court's order.
Advocate Fowzia Karim Firoze appeared for the BNWLA, while Kazi Sajwar Hossain stood for the ex-DIG of police.