A Dhaka court on Tuesday gave a police investigator a week to appear in person to explain how and why a 10-month-old baby and a deceased person were implicated in the charge sheet of a theft case lodged in June last year.
Metropolitan magistrate Mazharul Islam granted the time responding to a time petition of the investigator, Maruful Islam, a sub-inspector of Mirpur Police Station, and set May 16 to hear his explanation.
The investigator was scheduled to appear before the court but he filed the petition saying that he was seriously ill and admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The time prayer was sent to the court from Mirpur Police Station through a messenger.
The matter surfaced on April 30 when the baby along with his parents came to the court to surrender responding to its arrest warrant issued on March 9, a day after the investigator submitted charge sheet naming 23 people.
The court on April 30 ordered the IO to appear before the court on May 9.
Shamia Akther, the baby’s mother, said her youngest son Rubel, now 10 months old, was only 28 days when the alleged crime was committed on June 26, 2016 and her elder son Tushar is now a student of Class IX.
The charge sheet mentioned Rubel as 30 years old.
According to the charge sheet of the case, filed by Habibur Rahman, accused Abul Kashem, 53, his two sons Rubel, 30, and Tusher, 19, and 20 other people came his land with local weapon to take possession of his land.
The accused destroyed his tin-shed house and stole gold chain and Tk 25,000 and threatened to kill him.
Among the accused is a person who died on July 31, 2013, about three years before the case was lodged.
The defence lawyer of the case, Muhammad Shafiqul Islam, mentioned that he filed a petition to take action against the plaintiff of the case.
The court also set May 16 to hear the petition.
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