Sunday, 28 November, 2021

HC forms judicial committee to probe lawyer Palash’s death

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday formed a judicial inquiry committee to probe death of a lawyer in jail custody.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order, asking the committee to submit its report within 30 days.

“The court formed the five-member committee led by chief judicial magistrate of Panchagarh. Another judicial magistrate will assist the committee, which will also have Panchagarh deputy commissioner, superintendant of police and jail superintendant as members,” Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman, who filed a writ in this regard said.

The court also issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why their ‘failure’ in providing security to an inmate shall not be declared illegal. The court set June 23 for passing further order in this regard.

Barrister Suman filed the writ and moved it himself, while deputy attorney general Md Mokhlesur Rahman stood for the state.

“Advocate Palash was a member of Dhaka Bar Association and was confined at Panchagarh Jail after getting arrested in a defamation case. He got seriously injured in a fire on April 26 and later succumbed to his injuries,” Barrister Suman added.

The lawyer filed the writ on May 6, making concerned officials including home secretary, inspector general of prisons, Rangpur DIG and Panchagarh jail superintendent as respondents.