The High Court on Monday ordered the officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur Police Station to accept the complaint of Bangladesh Bank official Golam Rabbi, who was allegedly tortured by a policeman, as the first information report (FIR).An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order upon hearing on a petition filed by two lawyers of the Supreme Court and a journalist.
The HC also issued a rule asking to explain why the police torture on Rabbi should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
Secretaries of Home Ministry, Law Ministry, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, deputy commissioner of Tejgoan Zone, officer-in-charge Mohammadpur police station and sub-inspector Masud Shikder and Human Rights Commission have been made respondents to the rule.
Earlier on Sunday, Supreme Court lawyers Barrister Ehsanur Rahman, Advocate Julfikar Ali Junu and Jahid Hasan, a journalist of Radio Dhoni 91.2 FM, filed a writ with the High Court seeking a judicial inquiry into alleged torture on the Bangladesh Bank official by some policemen.
The petitioners also sought issuance of a rule upon the government seeking explanation why a directive would not be issued to arrest the accused police officer immediately and why the authorities concerned would not be directed to pay the victim’s family Tk 3 crore in compensation.
On January 9, Golam Rabbi, 28, an assistant director of Bangladesh Bank, was allegedly tortured by Mohammadpur police sub-inspector Masud Shikder and some others in a police vehicle for refusing to pay a bribe of Tk 5 lakh.
The incident went viral on social media, triggering a huge outcry.
Rabbi then lodged a complaint with Mohammad Police Station.
On Saturday, sub-inspector Masud Shikder was suspended as a probe body found him after a preliminary investigation.