The High Court on Monday summoned Akhaura police station officer-in-charge Mosharof Hossain Tarafdar to appear before the court on July 23 to explain why he mentioned a Hajj aspirant as ‘dead person’ in police verification report allegedly for refusal to bribe.
The bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan also asked the government and the police to explain in three weeks why the publication of Hajj aspirant Md Azad Hossain Bhuiyan’s name as ‘dead’ on the religious affairs ministry’s website for pre-registration for Hajj would not be declared illegal.
The bench passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Azad on July 11.
The respondents include secretaries of the ministries of home and religious affairs, the inspector general of police, the superintendent of police of Brahmanbaria and Mosharof.
Azad’s lawyer Md Kaiser Zahid Bhuiyan argued that being a businessman Azad cherished for long to perform Hajj this year and obtained a passport and applied through a travel agency for registration as a pilgrim.
As per the procedure, police verification was conducted by Mosharof and he met Azad and scrutinised his documents.
The lawyer said that in presence of some witnesses, Mosharof demanded bribe but Azad refused to bribe him.
He said that the police officer submitted a police verification report mentioning Azad as dead and the religious affairs ministry later put his name in the re-registration form as dead.
The lawyer said that the procedure to register Azad as hajj pilgrim was halted following the police report.
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