Why Jannati won't get bail
About five months after young entrepreneur Jannati Hossain landed in jail, the High Court yesterday issued a rule on the authorities concerned of the government to explain in two weeks why she should not be granted bail in a murder case.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nuruzzaman and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam came up with the rule after hearing a bail petition by Jannati in the case filed for the death of her business partner Mostamsir Ashraf. Earlier on November 30, a judge of a High Court bench felt embarrassed to hear a bail petition by Jannati, said Jannati's lawyer barrister Rumeen Farhana.
Jannati was denied bail by Metropolitan Magistrate Court and Sessions Court, the lawyer added.
On July 11, Jannati, crashed Mostamsir's car into a parked police van near Mohakhali flyover. Mostamsir was gravely injured in the accident and died on way to the hospital, police said.
Tejgaon police sued her for reckless driving.
Mostamsir was the son of Khan Mohammad Abdul Mannan, a former district court judge and now serving as the inspector general of registration (IGR).
Ten days after the accident, Mostamsir's family lodged a murder case against Jannati, her brothers Jubair and Junaid, father Delwar Hossain and husband Raymen Siddique, alleging that the five had murdered Mostamsir in a planned way to take over business.
With 15 persons named as witnesses, including Deputy Secretary (admin) of Law and Justice Division Mizanur Rahman, Director General of ACC Kamrul Hossain Mollah, Director General of Islamic Foundation Shamim Mohammad Afzal and Chief Judicial Magistrate of Dhaka Mahbubar Rahman, the murder case is now a high-profile case.
Shakila alleged that her daughter and other family members were "falsely" accused in the case, and that they had been denied justice due to the influence of the deceased's family.
"I am staying out of home now. My family has been hiding," she told The Daily Star yesterday.
Mostamsir's uncle Hannan Khan, plaintiff in the murder case, however, denied allegations brought against his family.
"There is nothing to influence here. I filed the murder case as we thought there might be some loopholes in the police case. We want proper investigation and will accept whatever comes out after the investigation," he said.
In his case statement, Hannan didn't say exactly how Mostamsir was "murdered". According to the post mortem report, he died in an accident and police said his seat belt was not fastened.
Hannan lodged the murder case with a Dhaka court on July 21. Accepting it, the court the next day ordered a CID investigation and merger of the murder case with the one filed for reckless driving.
CID Inspector Uttam Kumar Biswas said they found truth about Jannati's driving Mostamsir's car and that Mostamsir sitting next to her. They also found evidence that the car ran into the parked police van.
Uttam also added that he was waiting for a probe report of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority on the causes of the accident.
Jannati and Mostamsir launched Echo Sparks, a music cafe and gaming zone, in Uttara in December last year. Jannati has other businesses in partnership with her husband, according to her family.
In the last three years, Jannati and her husband founded Velocity, a car modification company. She also became managing editor of automobile magazine Torque.