The High Court on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the slow progress of the investigation into the abduction and killing of seven persons including a city councillor and a senior lawyer in Narayanganj.
The HC asked the government agencies to be more serious in the probe when three progress reports on inquiry into the case by the probe committee of the civil administration, the Inspector General of Police and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were placed before High Court on the day.
The HC Bench comprising Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, fixed December 10 for next hearing.
The court expressed its disappointment as RAB and the government-formed committee sought more time to submit the complete investigation report of the murders.
More than six months have already been elapsed after the gruesome murders that occurred in April this year. Seven people including Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, Lawyer Chandan Sarker and five others were abducted, and killed and their bodies dumped in Sitalakhya River. Involvement of some senior RAB officials was found in the abduction and the killing.
"RAB officials have been interrogated and their statements recorded at different times. Is it being done to defend any particular quarter," Justice Gobinda questioned Additional Attorney General Mumtaz Uddin Fakir.
It is not very difficult to question all the RAB personnel concerned at a time since their names, addresses and ranks are available.
In reply, the government lawyer said, "Investigation was underway properly and sincerely."
Three RAB officials including Tarek Sayeed, relative of a ruling lawmaker, are in police custody in connection the seven-murder case.
Prime accused Mayor Nur Hossain is now in an Indian prison after he was caught from Kolkata while he was on the run since the gruesome murders.
The Attorney General's office filed the three separate progress reports on behalf of respective sides before the bench.
Citing the report, Mumtaz Uddin told the court that RAB recorded statements of 78 people including police officials and several of its own on the seven-murder.
RAB prayed for seven more days to submit a complete investigation report.
The high-powered probe body led by public administration ministry said in its progress report that it recorded statement of 374 people including ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, Narayanganj city Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, Rab's Additional Director General Col Ziul Hassan and others.
The committee said it needed to interrogate Nur Hossain and some others, and sought four weeks' time to submit a complete report.