The High Court on Wednesday summoned Kushtia superintendent of police SM Tanvir Arafat for allegedly misbehaving with senior judicial magistrate Mohsin Hasan while he was performing duties in the municipality elections at Bheramara in Kushtia.
The online bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khizir Hayat asked Tanvir to appear before it at 10:00am on January 25 to explain his conduct.
The court issued the directive suo motu after taking cognisance of a report published in Dainik AmaderShomoy on Wednesday under the headline ‘Judge files a complaint against SP for misbehaving’.
The report, quoting the complaint, said that Tanvir misbehaved with Mohsin while he was on his election duties on January 16.
Mohsin entered the polling centre at Bheramara Pilot Model High School upon receiving allegations of irregularities from a voter.
He saw some people along with polling agents gathered at the centre, according to the complaint.
While the judicial magistrate was asking the presiding officer of the polling centre about the gathering, SP Tanvir along with assistant SP Mostafizur Rahman and their forces appeared there and called the presiding officer.
Even after the judicial magistrate introduced himself, Tanvir asked, ‘Who are you? What are you doing here?’
Tanvir also allegedly called Mohsin as ‘foul’ and asked him to get out from the centre.
The SP also questioned the deputation of the judicial magistrate to the election duty saying, ‘Who sent you here?’
The court also issued a suo motu ruling on Tanvir, asking him to explain in three days why a contempt proceeding would not be drawn against him and why he would not be punished for the contempt of court.
The court in the order said that the behaviour and attitude as well as the utterance of Tanvir to an officer of the judiciary who was performing his judicial functions as per the law and under the guidance of the Supreme Court ‘amount to serious contempt of court’.
‘Such behaviour of the said superintendent of police, Kushtia, is a severe attack to the administration of justice and ultimately the entire judiciary,’ said the court in the order.
The court said that the action of Tanvir could be not overlooked and could not be taken lightly as ‘he not only committed serious contempt of the court but has also tarnished the image of the judiciary as a whole with his contemptuous remarks, behaviour and attitude.’
Mohsin recently submitted an application to the Supreme Court, Election Commission, home ministry and the inspector general of police to take necessary steps against Tanvir, saying that the SP had misbehaved with him in violation of the Local Government Election Rules, 2010.
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