The High Court on Wednesday summoned Faridpur chief judicial magistrates court’s judge Md Mainul Islam for not giving three-hour time to three accused before recording their confessional statements as the law provides.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman asked the judge to appear before it on October 8 to explain why he did not follow the ‘law on confessions’ before recording statements in the murder case of Class VIII student Alauddin Antor in Nagarkanda in Faridpur.
The judge required to explain how he recorded confessions of the three accused — Kamal Matabbar, Sujan Matubbar and Khokan Sheikh — in the period between 8:00pm and 10:00pm at night of June 28, 2018.
The judge, however, had mentioned in the printed form of the confessional statements that the accused were given three hours’ time to think about the consequence of their confessional statements.
The court also pointed out that how all the three accused made similar statements as stated in the case records.
The bench issued the suo motu rule while hearing the bail application of Ashraf Sheikh and his brother Azizul Sheikh, both accused in the case. The court adjourned hearing their bail applications until October 8.
On June 7, 2018, Alauddin Antor was abducted on his way home after Tarabi prayer because of previous enmity, according to the case.
An abduction case was filed with the Nagarkanda police station on June 15, 2018 against 16 persons.
Later, his body was found in a field on June 26 after the family failed to pay Tk 5 lakh in ransom demanded by the abductors.
The abduction case was converted into murder case on June 29.
On October 15, 2018, the police submitted charge sheet against six accused.
The murder case is now pending with a Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Faridpur for trial. Ruhul Quddus Kazal and Nusrat Yeasmin Sumaiya appeared for the two brothers while deputy attorney general Sarwar Hossain Bappi for the state.
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