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Why prior permission to arrest public servants should not be declared illegal: HC

Published : Sunday, 26 September, 2021 at 11:56 PM  Count : 352

Why prior permission to arrest public servants should not be declared illegal: HC

Why prior permission to arrest public servants should not be declared illegal: HC

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the government to explain why taking prior permission to arrest public servants should not be declared illegal.

At the same time, the High Court asked the government to refrain from giving postings to former deputy commissioner (DC) of Kurigram district Sultana Parveen, assistant commissioner Rintu Bikash Chakma and senior assistant commissioner Nazim Uddin as they were accused in a criminal case.

The High Court also wanted to know why the posting of NDC Rahatul Islam as assistant commissioner in Barishal would not be declared illegal.

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mustafizur Rahman issued the rule on Sunday.

Public Administration Secretary, Home Secretary, Law Secretary and the concerned officials were asked to reply to the rule within the next four weeks.

In middle of the night on March 13, 2020 Ariful Islam, Kurigram correspondent of online news portal Bangla Tribune, was sent to jail for one year and fined Tk 50,000 for "possessing narcotics" by a mobile court allegedly at the order of the then Kurigram deputy commissioner (DC).

Later, Ariful's wife Mostarima Sardar Nitu said a group of law enforcers entered their house at Charuapara in the early hours of Saturday and took Ariful away forcefully without citing any reason.

It was learnt that Ariful was picked up from his house as he wrote a news article over naming a pond of the district administration after the then DC of Kurigram Sultana Perveen. Ariful was later tortured inhumanely at the district administration office and also threatened to put on crossfire.

After getting bail and hospitalized, Ariful said he was tortured by the magistrates.The local administration claimed that the journalist was arrested with 450ml of local liquor and 100grams of hemp.

As the news was published in the mass media, it created strong reaction against DC Sultana, RDC Nazim Uddin, AC Rintu Bikash and NDC Rahatul Islam. They were later withdrawn and placed under the Ministry of Public Administration. Then the Ministry of Public Administration took departmental action against the accused.

The Ministry of Public Administration decided to cancel hiking salary (increment) of former DC Sultana Perveen for two years, and slashing three increments of Rahatul, downgrading Nazim Uddin by one step and sacking Rintu Bikash Chakma from government service. However, no circular has so far been issued regarding Rintu Bikash Chakma's fate. On the other hand, Rahatul has recently been posted to the Barisal DC Office.

In such a situation, the repressed journalist Ariful Islam filed a writ petition with the High Court on August 23 last over the postings of the four individuals. Holding a hearing on the writ on Sunday, the High Court issued a rule.


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