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Friday, July 19, 2019

HC won't interfere in Minni's remand

Staff Reporter :
A High Court (HC) bench on Thursday said, the High Court will not interfere in the investigation of Rifat Sharif's murder case in Barguna.
The High Court bench of Justice F R M Nazmul Ahasan and Justice K M Kamrul Kader said this after a Supreme Court lawyer, Advocate Faruk Hossain, brought some new paper reports on the Barguna court order that placed Aysha Siddiqa Minni, Rifat Sharif's wife, on a five-day remand in the murder case.
The High Court also rejected a prayer for cancelling the remand of Minni over her husband Rifat Sharif's murder case in Barguna. The court said, it will not interfere into the issue of taking Minni on a remand as the investigation is going on into the case.
The SC lawyer told the court that Minni is the principal witness to the case, but police arrested her as an accused.
Other witnesses of the case may not come forward and give statement in the lower court if a witness is arrested.
Advocate Faruk also said that Minni is yet to recover the shock of her husband's killing, but she was arrested in the case which is inhuman and illogical.
The lawyer verbally prayed to the HC to direct the lower court on a Suo Moto move to cancel the remand order.
He also said that Minni was placed on the remand although no lawyer appeared to defend her in lower court.
Senior Judge of the bench said, "Police is investigating the case. So we cannot interfere in the investigation."
The lawyer then said, "It must be investigated. But she (Minni) is a witness. But she was taken on remand."
The court said, "Now she is arrested. Police say there are specific allegations against her. Now, if you want to do anything, follow the criminal rules. Come to the proper channel. We cannot interfere in the investigation."
Minni is the key witness to the murder that took place in front of her college on June 26. Rifat Sharif, a 25-year-old internet service provider, was indiscriminately hacked by a group of youths there. In a video footage of the incident that went viral in the social media, Minni was seen screaming and trying in vain to save her husband from the assailants.
On Tuesday morning, Barguna police took Minni and her father Md Mozammel Hossain Kishor to the police lines to record Minni's statement, but arrested Minni around 9:00 pm.