Judge Qumrunnahar's oversight in granting bail to rape accused indicates bad intention: SC
The Supreme Court in the full text of verdict has observed that Musammat Qumrunnahar, former judge of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7, had a bad intention in granting bail to Aslam Shikder in a rape case ignoring this court's stay order and she is not fit for dealing with any criminal case.
"We find from the records of the Tribunal that Musammat Qumrunnahar's predecessor refused the bail applications of the accused (Aslam Shikder) on five occasions. Her intentional oversight to see the entire records of the case indicates a bad intention," a five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said in the full text of verdict which was released yesterday.
The apex on November 22 court seized the criminal powers of Qumrunnahar for granting bail to Aslam Shikder despite its stay order after hearing a state petition in the closed-door courtroom.
The state's petition has challenged an order of the High Court that had granted bail to Aslam Shikder, a former official of private TV channel ATN Bangla, in the rape case.
Qumrunnahar was released of her judicial duties by the chief justice on November 14 this year, three days after she -- in an open court -- verbally recommended police not to register any rape case if the complainant goes to them after 72 hours of the incident. She was also withdrawn from the tribunal and was attached to the law ministry the same day.
She made the recommendation while delivering the verdict in the Banani Raintree double-rape case on November 11, which drew flak from different quarters and sparked protests and also stirred the social media, and met with a huge outcry and nationwide rage, leading to her suspension from judicial duties.