The High Court on Tuesday asked the officer-in-charge of Patuakhali police station to prosecute a father for bringing a false allegation of murder of his daughter by her husband even though she ‘committed suicide’.
The online vacation bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Badruzzaman also granted the deceased’s husband, Kawser Gazi, ad-interim bail after hearing his application that challenged the rejection of his bail by the lower court.
The High Court asked the OC to sue the father, Jalil Duari, after taking cognizance of his affidavit in which he said that his daughter Sathi Akhter committed suicide following quarrel with her husband on December 31, 2018.
Jalil, 55, of village Nehalpur under Keora union in Jhalokhati, also said in the affidavit that he filed the murder case against Kawser, his parents, his brother after being influenced by a quarter in the village with ‘vested interest’.
Jalil submitted the affidavit to Abu Naser Md Jahangir Alam, the judge of the Senior Special Judge’s Court of Patuakhali on July 29, 2019, stating that he would not object if Kawser was freed on bail considering the future of his two minor children.
Jalil filed the murder case against Kawser and his three family members on March 12, 2018, alleging that Sathi was beaten to death on December 31, 2018 by Kawser at his residence at Town Bahal Gachiya under the Patuakhali municipality.
Kawser later strangled Sathi with a rope after she became senseless when he hit her on the head, the case statement said.
The couple’s five-year-old daughter in a statement to the magistrate on March 18, 2019 said that her mother died following hit by her father and grandfather as a result of a quarrel.
The post-mortem report found marks of injury only on Sathi’s neck while the medical report found marks of injury only on her scalp.
Kawser moved the High Court as the trial court denied his bail.
The murder case against Kawser, 28, is now pending trial. He has been in jail since March 15, 2019.
Lawyer Asad Miah appeared for Kawser while the state was represented by deputy attorney general Bashir Ullah.
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