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SC upholds HC order to probe into assets of Rajarbagh Pir

| Updated: October 12, 2021 17:47:30


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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order that asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to determine the assets belong to ‘so-called’ Pir (saint) of Rajarbagh Dillur Rahman and his different institutions in different parts of the country and the sources of those assets.

Justice Obaidul Hassan, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division of the SC, on Monday passed ‘no order’ on a leave to appeal petition filed by Dillur Rahman against the High Court order.

Earlier on September 19, the HC directed the Counter Terrorism and Transitional Crime (CTTC) Unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to find out if Rajarbagh Darbar Shareef Pir Dillur Rahman had any connections with militancy.

It also ordered the ACC to determine the assets belong to Rajarbagh Pir Dillur Rahman and his different institutions and the sources of those assets. Both the CTTC and the ACC were asked to submit reports by November 30 over the asking.

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order and a rule after hearing a writ petition that sought its order on the authorities to take appropriate actions against Pir Dillur Rahman and his disciples for filing vexatious cases against them.

In the ruling, the High Court wanted to know from the respondents to explain in four weeks as to why they should not be directed to take appropriate legal action against Pir Dillur Rahman and his disciples for filing false cases against the writ petitioners.

On 16 September, eight families filed a writ petition with the HC, seeking its intervention in cases filed by the Pir and his disciples across the country. The families claimed the cases were logged to "harass them and to grab their properties".

Lawyer Jahirul Islam Mukul appeared in the hearing on behalf of Rajarbahg Pir, while Advocate Mohammad Shishir Manir represented the victim families.

Lawyer Shishir Manir said he annexed a report of the National Human Rights Commission in the writ petition saying that the Rajarbag Darbar Shareef Pir Dillur Rahman and his disciples who filed the false cases against the petitioners may have a connection with the militants.

Earlier an inquiry report prepared by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police stated that the involvement of Rajarbagh Pir has been found in filing 49 cases against a resident of Dhaka's Shantibagh area on charges of rape, woman repression, human trafficking, and others.

Some followers of that Pir filed the cases to take possession of the house and land the resident, Md Akramul Ahsan Kanchan, also read the report submitted in the High Court.

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