Confusion over judge’s identity led to assault, police tell HCStaff Correspondent
Confusion over the identify of joint district judge Imman Ali Sheikh caused the assault on him at the Narsingdi district court on June 10, said three police officers in the High Court on Wednesday.
The three police officers are Narsingdi’s superintendent of police Khandkar Mahid Uddin, officer-in-charge of the Narsingdi Sadar thana Md Asaduzzaman and the officer-in-charge of Narsingdi Detective Branch Mamunur Rashid Mondol. They made the above statement through their lawyer in reply to the court’s rule issued on June 11 in response to a public interest litigation writ petition.
Submitting the reply to the bench of Justice Farid Ahmed and Justice Zahar Ahmed, the police’s defence counsel, Md Ruhul Quddus, prayed for exemption of the police officers from personal appearance during the proceedings of the case.
The court, however, exempted only the superintendent from personal appearance and set July 19 for the next proceedings in the rule.
The police were summoned to appear before the court to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to take appropriate action against the police officials and constables who were responsible for the assault on the joint district judge on June 10 when he was entering the court’s premises.
Supreme Court Bar Association’s vice-president KM Saifuddin Ahmed filed the writ petition, seeking the necessary directive. The judge, who was going to the court by a rickshaw, was stopped by the police on duty in front of the DC office, and the police took too much time in searching his bag. The joint district judge showed them his identity card but they misbehaved with him.
In his statement, the SP said that he had deployed additional policemen on June 10 when the accused in the mayor Lokman murder case were scheduled to appear in court.
‘The unfortunate incident took place out of confusion over the identity of joint district judge Md Imman Ali Sheikh,’ said the SP.
The OC said he was not present at the place of occurrence.
The Detective Branch’s OC, Mamunur Rashid, said that he was on duty in civil dress, and when he saw what was happening he had intervened and rescued the judge.
The police said they had also told the judge that they were sorry.
After the incident, the police met the judge and urged him to come to an amicable settlement.
The superintendent suspended three police officers who were found primarily responsible for the incident.
A three-member inquiry committee comprising members of the administration and police was formed and asked to submit its report in five days.
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