A Dhaka court on Sunday morning granted fresh bail to cricketer Rubel Hossain in a rape case filed against him by actress Naznin Akter Happy.
Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 Judge Tanjina Ismail passed the order after on a bail petition of the cricketer. Meanwhile, Happy’s lawyer filed a no confidence petition against the final report of the police, submitted on April 6 that sought Rubel’s exemption from the charge in the case.
The court fixed May 20 for the hearing on the no confidence petition. Both Rubel and Happy were present in the court.
Naznin Akhter Happy filed the case against Rubel on December 13, last year under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. On January 8, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka sent the national cricketer to jail on his surrender, rejecting his bail plea in the case.According to the First Information Report (EIR), Rubel had been involved in physical relationship with the actress for eight months. It also said Rubel had promised to marry her and thus developed physical relationship with her. Later, Rubel allegedly backtracked while Happy filed the case alleging that Rubel raped her several times at his flat.
On December 13 last year, actress Happy filed the case against Rubel under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000.
The High Court on December 15 granted Rubel an anticipatory bail for four weeks as he surrendered to it seeking bail.
On January 6, the HC summarily dismissed a writ petition filed by actress Happy seeking the removal of the pacer from the Bangladesh National Cricket team squad.
On January 8, a metropolitan magistrate court sent the national cricketer to jail on his surrender, rejecting his bail plea in the rape case.
Later, on January 11, responding to a fresh bail plea filed by the detained accused, acting Metropolitan Session’s Judge KM Imrul Kayes granted him the bail until submission of the police report on the case.
According to the first information report (FIR), Rubel had been involved in physical relationship with the actress for eight months. It also said Rubel had promised to marry her and thus developed the physical relationship.
On April 6, Happy’s allegation of rape against national team pace bowler Rubel Hossain was not proved by the forensic test done in this connection at Tejgaon Victim Support Centre.
Inspector of Tejgaon Victim Support Centre Halima Khatun submitted the probe report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.
On April 13, the rape case was transferred to the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.
As Rubel reportedly backtracked, Happy filed the case alleging that Rubel raped her several times at his flat. – – Court Correspondent