The High Court on Tuesday started hearing on a writ petition filed seeking its directives to constitute an independent probe panel to look into ‘fictitious’ cases filed against the leaders and activists of opposition parties.
The single-member bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder adjourned the hearing for Thursday after the day’s proceedings.Senior lawyer Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate M Masud Rana stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin and assistant attorney general Helena Begum Chaina represented the state.On October 9, the High Court delivered a split order on the writ petition.
While the senior member of the two-judge HC bench, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, passed an interim order and issued a rule over the matter, junior member Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the writ.Following the split order, the matter was sent to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who assigned the new bench to dispose of it.
In the rule, Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury wanted to know why the filing of ‘fictitious’ cases intentionally against the petitioners and leaders and activists of different political parties should not be declared ultra vires and why directives should not be given to take action against those involved in filing these cases.At the same time, the Inspector General of Police was asked to take steps to monitor and investigate the cases and submit a report before the court in affidavit within 60 days.
On September 23, former Supreme Court Bar Association President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition.According to the writ petition, law enforcers filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from September 1 till September 20.