Rifat Murder

SC upholds HC order granting bail to Minni

Staff Correspondent

3 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has cleared the way for release of Aysha Siddika Minni from jail on bail in a case involving the murder of her husband Rifat Sharif in Barguna district.

It upheld an order of the High Court that earlier granted bail to Minni in the case.

Chamber Judge Hasan Foyez Siddiqui passed “no order” on Monday although the government petitioned seeking a stay on the bail.

As a condition of bail, she will be under custody of her father, Mozammel Hossain Kishore while out of jail and barred from giving any comments to the media. Any violation of the condition would result in cancellation of the bail, the court said.

A division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Thursday.

On August 20, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain why Minni should not be granted bail in the case.

The HC also directed the investigating officer (IO) of the case in Barguna to submit all relevant documents on August 28. The apex court required the case documents to verify as to whether police falsely implicated the deceased’s wife in the case or not.

Minni is an witness to the killing of her husband. Her husband was killed by a group of assailants near Barguna Government College on June 26. Videos of the killing in broad daylight became viral in the internet and social media. The video shows Minni’s frantic effort to save her husband.

The main accused in the case, Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayon Bond, was killed in a crossfire with police on July 2.

On July 16, police interrogated Minni in Barguna police station and shown her arrested. On July 22, she submitted a confessional statement before the lower court. After two days, she pleaded for withdrawal of her statement.

Minni, who was supposed to be the main prosecution witness, was implicated in the case. Her father and lawyer alleged that police had arrested her to divert the case to a different angle.

Initially, Minni failed to get bail from the lower court in Barguna. She then filed a bail petition with the High Court through her lawyer, ZI Khan Panna.