Dhaka’s Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Wednesday deferred pronouncement of the verdict in the Pilkhana carnage case to November 5.
Judge Dr Md Akhteruzzaman of the special court set up at the Alia Madrasah playground, next to Dhaka Central Jail, made the announcement about the date of the verdict.
Meanwhile, the defense lawyers sought order from the court to resume fresh argument instead of pronouncing the verdict.
On Oct 20, the court had set Oct 30 (Wednesday) to deliver the judgment after completion of the final arguments.
However, state and defense counsels said on Tuesday that they had learnt that the verdict would be delayed.
State counsel Annisul Huq had said on Tuesday: “I heard the verdict won’t be delivered tomorrow (Wednesday) as it was not drafted yet.”
State Counsel Mosharraf Hossain Kajol and defence lawyer Shamim Sarder were present at the court at the time.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also at a programme at Ganabhaban on Tuesday said “The verdict will be delivered soon.”
The trial of the mutiny was held in accordance with the Act related to Bangladesh Border Guard. The trial of the killing of 73 people in the erstwhile BDR headquarters in Peelkhana and other charges were being conducted in line with the existing law.
Lalbagh Police Station Officer-in-charge (OC) Nabajyoti Khisa filed the cases first with Lalbagh Police Station and then with New Market Police Station.
Abdul Kahar Akhand, Senior Special Superintendent of Civil Investigation Department (CID), submitted the charge sheet of the murder case against 850 accused on July 12, 2010 and the case filed under the Explosives Substances Act on July 27.
The accused persons include deputy assistant director (DAD) Tauhidul Alam, DAD Nasir, DAD Habib, DAD Jalil, BNP leader Nasir Uddin Ahmad Pintu and local Aawami League leader Torab Ali.O Originally, charge sheet was submitted against 850 people in the murder case.
Of them, 21 are on the run while seven have died. On January 5, 2011, the court took into cognizance of the charges of murder case.
Of the accused 543 made confessional statements admitting their involvement in the mutiny to the court under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Finally the testimony was wrapped up after the statements of 654 witnesses were recorded.
One murder case and two cases under Explosives Act were filed with Lalbagh Police Station in connection with the murder. Later the cases were shifted to New Market Police Station.
A total of 74 people, including 57 army officers in command of the border security force, were killed in the bloody mutiny at Pilkhana on Feb 25-26, 2009. The mutiny had also triggered revolt in some other garrisons across the country.
Bangladesh Rifles was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after the bloody mutiny. – Court Correspondent