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Sagira Morshed murder: HC denies Maruf’s bail

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:49 PM, 14 July 2020  

Sagira Morshed

Sagira Morshed

The High Court on Tuesday has denied bail to accused Maruf Reza in the Sagira Morshed murder case in the capital’s Siddheswari which was occured 30 years ago. 

A virtual bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim denied his bail. Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru appeared for the accused in the court. On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General Dr. Md. Bashir Ullah was present for the state. 

According to the details of the case, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) filed a chargesheet against the four on January 14 after revealing the mystery of the incident after 30 years. A total of 57 people made witnesses on behalf of the state in the 1,309-page chargesheet.

The chargesheet was taken cognizance on March 9 and fixed the date for hearing on March 15. However, the defense sought time on the day, as a result, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes set a new date April 16, however, no hearing was done due to coronavirus.   

The accused in the case are — Sagira Morshed’s brother-in-law Dr. Hasan Ali Chowdhury, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin, Plan International Officer Anas Mahmud Rezwan and housing businessman Maruf Reza.

Sagira Morshed was shot dead on July 25, 1989, at the Siddheswari area in the capital. Sagira’s husband Abdus Salam Chowdhury filed a case with Ramna Police Station. Later, the police filed a chargesheet against a man named Mintu alias Montu alias Maran. The trial also began. Maruf Raza’s name was mentioned in the testimony and further investigation of the case was ordered. The High Court later ordered a further investigation and adjourned the trial for six months on the petition of Maruf Raza.

The case was revived after a long 30-years. PBI’s investigation officer filed a 1,309-pages of chargesheet with the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on January 18, accusing four including Sagira Morshed’s brother-in-law Dr. Hasan Ali Chowdhury, 70, his wife Sayedatul Mahmuda Shahin, 64.