The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has set December 1 for delivering verdict on a review petition involving the dispute over the tenure of a convict's life term imprisonment.
The seven-member full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date on Tuesday after concluding rehearing on the review petition filed by a convict, Ataur Mridha.Lawyers Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Mohammad Shishir Manir appeared for the petitioner while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin argued for the state.
On July 11 last year, an apex court bench had kept the same review petition as CAV ("curia advisari vult", meaning the verdict will be delivered any day).
The apex court had earlier heard expert opinions from four amicus curiae (friends of court) -- senior lawyers AF Hasan Ariff, Rokanuddin Mahmud, Abdur Rezak Khan and AM Aminuddin -- on the issue.
Ataur Mridha challenged an apex court verdict that on February 14, 2017 commuted his death penalty to life imprisonment in a murder case.
On 14 February 2017, the apex court reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment and concurrently presented seven observations, including saying that life imprisonment equals imprisonment till death. Later, the accused submitted a review petition against that observation.