Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir has been exonerated from the incitement charge in a conspiracy case filed over the suicide of college student Mosarat Jahan Munia in the capital.
After scrutinising all the relevant documents, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury passed the order on Wednesday, accepting the final report submitted by police in the case.
The court also rejected a no-confidence (Na-raji) petition submitted by the plaintiff of the case as the court did not found any legal grounds for accepting the petition.
Earlier on Tuesday, plaintiff Nusrat Jahan Tania’s lawyer Masud Salauddin filed the no-confidence petition before the court during the hearing on the acceptance of the final report in the case.
After scrutinising all the documents, including the final report and the no-confidence petition of the plaintiff, the court on Wednesday evening rejected the no-confidence petition and accepted the final report clearing the Bashundhara Group MD of the baseless charge.
After the order, defence lawyer Tuhin Hawlader said Sayem Sobhan Anvir is a renowned businessman and Managing Director of a top business conglomerate.
“He is well regarded at home and abroad. He was implicated in the conspiracy case to tarnish the image of Sayem Sobhan Anvir and Bashundhara Group as well. Police did not find any acceptable evidence against him during a three-month investigation. Truth and justice have been established through the court’s acceptance of the final report submitted by the police,” he said.
“Those, who do not want the country’s democracy and development, have joined hands and have been spreading remours on the social media,” he said.
The defence lawyer said the plaintiff also spread propagandas by joining talk shows and online discussions.
In its order, the court observed that it has thoroughly analysed the final report of the police and rejected the no-confidence petition of the plaintiff for having no legal grounds. Subsequently, the Bashundhara Group MD has been cleared of the charge.
Lawyers present in the court said that it is proved that the Bashundhara Group MD who was implicated in the case, was not involved in the incident at all and there was no instigation to the suicide.
As per the final report submitted by the police, the IO analysed the collected evidence, the autopsy report and the forensic report during the investigation.
The IO took deposition of the flat owner and other witnesses.
Even the IO went to Munia’s educational institution and Education Board to collect detailed information.
But, the IO did not get any direct or indirect evidence of incitement to the suicide alleged by the plaintiff. Even, the plaintiff failed to produce any evidence before the IO in favour of her claim.
On July 19, Gulshan police station officer-in-charge (OC) Abul Hasan, also investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the final report as they have found no evidence of Sayem Sobhan Anvir’s incitement to Munia’s suicide during the long investigation in the case.
The IO in the final report mentioned that the man accused of inciting Munia’s suicide was not found involved in the case at all and no incitement to her suicide occurred.
As a result, Munia’s sister Nusrat Tania’s allegations against the Bashundhara Group MD have been proved false and baseless.
Earlier on April 26, Munia committed suicide at a rented flat in the capital’s Gulshan area. Police recovered the body of the girl hanging from the ceiling fan in her bedroom.
Shortly after Munia’s death, her elder sister Nusrat Jahan Tania filed a case with Gulshan Police Station on a charge of an incitement to her sister’s suicide. She accused the lone person in the case.
Police carried out a long investigation in the case. After nearly three months of investigation, police have submitted the final report to the court.
The final report did not find anything wrong of the accused for inciting the suicide.
It is noted that Nusrat filed this case purposefully from the very beginning. It has also been alleged that she resorted to many deceptions while filing the lawsuit.
The police investigation has revealed that Nusrat raised the malicious and fraudulent allegations to humiliate a particular person.
It is learnt that Nusrat used the case to pressurise the government and various quarters. Most of the data she provided in this case was incomplete and false.
During the day of incidence, Nusrat along with some lawyers and activists of different political parties went to Gulshan Police Station by a luxury jeep. They created huge pressure on police and forced them to record a suicide instigation case against the Bashundhara Group MD without any primary investigation.
Her aides started delivering provoking statements implicating the Bashundhara Group MD and started a media trial against him before proving the allegation.
Some screenshots of chatting of Munia went viral. That showed that Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun wrote to Munia that if you do something, Bashundhara Group will be vanished.
Apart from this, some chatting of Munia and Nusrat with different people revealed the proof of conspiracy against the Bashundhara Group.
Sharun also made a secret deal with the plaintiff and it was reported that he also invested Tk 10 crore to implicate the Bashundhara Group MD.
Besides this, the business rivals of Bashundhara Group also instigated Nusrat to this end.
Meanwhile, Munia’s elder brother Ashiqur Rahman Sabuj filed a murder case with Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Court on May 2 against Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury’s son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun.
Taking cognisance of the case, the court ordered the police not to start the investigation until the completion of the instigation case.
Lawyers concerned said the police now would start the investigation in the murder case against Sharun as per court order.