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SC stays HC verdict on condemned cell prisoners

Published : Wednesday, 15 May, 2024 at 4:49 PM  Count : 2884

SC stays HC verdict on condemned cell prisoners

SC stays HC verdict on condemned cell prisoners

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stayed the recent High Court order that said the death row convicts cannot be kept in the condemned cell before their appeal and review applications are disposed of.

Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order following a petition filed by the government seeking stay on the HC judgment on Wednesday (May 15).

At the same time, Justice Rahim fixed August 25 as the date for the hearing.

The apex court chamber judge also asked the government to file a leave to appeal petition with this court against the HC verdict.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Additional Attorney Generals Sk Md Morshed and Mohammad Mehedi Hassan Chowdhury appeared on behalf of the state while Advocate Shishir Manir argued for the writ petitioners during hearing on Wednesday.

On May 13, a High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Md Bazlur Rahman  ruled that prisoners, who have been sentenced to death by the trial courts, cannot be kept in condemned cells until their appeals, review petitions and mercy petitions are finally disposed of by the HC, and Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and the president of the republic respectively.

The HC also ordered the authorities concerned to move such convicts from condemned cells to ordinary cells within two years, starting immediately.

The order came following a petition by three convicts on August 31, 2021.

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