Look Back at 2020 (Dhaka’s lower court)
Court’s success in verdict of discussed cases throughout the year
Published: 07:55 PM, 23 December 2020 Updated: 10:20 PM, 23 December 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
2020 is going to end with the flow of various events from January till now. Verdicts of many important cases have been announced in the law courts this year. At the beginning of the year, the court gave the verdict of a bomb attack on a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) after 19 long years. Then within a very short time, various judges of Dhaka’s lower court have completed the trial of the sensational case against Shahed, Papia, Majnu and others. The court also announced the 1st verdict of the Torture and Death in Custody (Prevention) Act by police this year.
The discussed cases that gave verdicts in 2020 —
Verdict after 19 years: 10 militants sentenced to death
A Dhaka court has sentenced 10 militants to death in a case filed over carrying out a bomb attack on a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally on 20 January in 2001 in the capital’s Paltan. Besides the death penalty, each of the accused was fined Tk 20,000. At the same time, two were acquitted as there was no evidence found against them. Dhaka’s Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md. Rabiul Alam announced the verdict on 20 January this year.
First verdict of the Torture and Death in Custody (Prevention) Act
A court has sentenced three policemen, including SI Zahidur Rahman Zahid, to life imprisonment, fined them Tk 100,000 and six months imprisonment for non-payment in a case filed with Pallabi police station in the capital on charges of beating to death a youth named Jhonny. The verdict was announced by Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes on 9 September.
Verdict in Shahed’s arms case
The court sentenced Shahedul Karim alias Shahed, chairman of the Regent Group and the hospital, to life imprisonment in a case filed under the Arms Act on 28 September within 8 working days. The formal trial of the case began on 27 August with the formation of charges in the case. After that, out of the total 14 witnesses, 11 testified in the court at various times.
Verdict in Eden College principal Mahfuza murder case
On 4 October, the court sentenced two housemaids Rita Akhter alias Swapna and Ruma alias Reshma to death in the murder case of former Eden Women’s College principal Mahfuza Chowdhury Parveen. She was killed on 10 February 2019 at her Elephant Road resident in the capital. The formal trial of the case began on 9 February this year with the formation of court charges against the two accused. Of the 34 witnesses in the case, 27 testified.
Papia couple’s arms case verdict
On 12 October, the court sentenced Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon to 20 years in prison in a case under the Arms Act. The formal trial of the case began on 25 August with the formation of charges. The court then took the testimony of 12 out of 14 witnesses in the case.
Payel murder case verdict
On 1 November, the court sentenced three people including the driver to death in the murder case of North South University student Sayedur Rahman Payel. On 3 October 2018, the investigating officer filed a chargesheet in the court. In this case, 14 out of 24 witnesses testified at different times.
Verdict in DU student rape case
After just 13 working days, The court sentenced Majnu, the only accused in the rape case of Dhaka University student, to life imprisonment on 20 November. On 26 August, the tribunal framed charges against the accused. The court then called 20 of the 24 witnesses in the case.
Verdict in the murder case of Bir Freedom Fighter Atiq Ullah
A Dhaka court has sentenced 7 accused to death on 2 December in a case of burning the body of former chairman of Konda Union Parishad and Awami League leader Atiq Ullah Chowdhury. Dhaka Speedy Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Zafar Md. Kamruzzaman handed down the verdict.
Brother, sister-in-law murder case verdict
On 13 September, the tribunal sentenced six people to death in a case involving the murder of Anil Kumar Das and his sister-in-law Kalpana Rani in Tangail for the property. Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 Judge Abu Zafar Md. Kamruzzaman announced the verdict.
Child Samiul murder case verdict:
The court sentenced Aysha Humaira Esha, mother of child Samiul, 5, and her paramour Shamsuzzaman Arif alias Bakku to death in the murder case of child Samiul who was killed for witnessing their illicit affairs. Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-4 Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam handed over the verdict on 20 December.