Writ seeks investigation on 4,000 ‘fictitious cases’

Published: September 23, 2018 17:51:20 | Updated: September 24, 2018 12:09:26

Three pro-BNP lawyers have filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking directives to form an independent committee to probe the authenticity of around 4,000 'fictitious cases'.

The cases were filed this month across the country against the leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties, reports UNB.

Former vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, former minister Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and BNP's law affairs secretary advocate Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition on Sunday.

The Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Detective Police (North Zone), Additional Deputy Commissioner of Ramna Zone Police Commissioner, Ramna and Shahbagh Police Stations Officers-in-Charge were made defendants in the write petition.

The petitioners also demanded a directive to include representatives from the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Asian Human Rights Commission.

Besides, they sought issuance of a rule for taking action against those who were involved in filing the 'fictitious cases'.

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said the cases were filed to create panic among BNP leaders and activists ahead of the national election.

The hearing on the writ is likely to be held at the HC bench of Justice Hasan Arif and Justice Ahmed Sohel, he said.

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