Justice Debesh Bhattacharya protected citizens’ rights

Staff Correspondent

Sitting Supreme Court judges, lawyers, and right activists on Thursday paid tributes to the late Justice Debesh Chandra Bhattacharya for protecting citizens’ rights in his landmark verdicts in 1974.
Speaking at a memorial meeting ahead of his birth centenary celebrations in November they described Justice Bhattacharya as an uncompromising protector of human rights and the rule of the law.
In this context they recalled the landmark verdicts he delivered in two separate writ petitions that were filed by Aruna Sen and Muhsin Rashid challenging the abductions and detention of their relative, Chanchal Sen and Shahjahan by the Rakkhi Bahini in 1974.
In the verdicts, Justice Bhattacharya declared the impugned actions of Rakkhi Bahini as illegal.
Senior lawyers recalled that Justice Bhattacharya had summoned Rakkhi Bahini commander over the abduction and detention of Shahjahan and allowed his lawyers to cross examine the Rakkhi Bahini Commander in the open court before delivering the verdict.
Shahjahan was picked up detained by Rakkhi Bahini on December 28, 1974. And Muhsin Rashid filed the writ petition seeking production of his sibling in the court.
Rakkhi Bahini commander had explained to the court that Shahjahan fled while the Rakhkhi Bahini took him to recover arms at Mohammadpur on December 31, 1974, lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud said recalling the case.
Rokan raised questions regarding the role of the judges in similar incidents now.

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