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Magistrate abused power by placing Pori Moni on remand thrice: HC

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  • 1st September, 2021 06:18:36 PM
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Magistrate abused power by placing Pori Moni on remand thrice: HC

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The High Court has termed placing film actress Pori Moni on remand thrice by a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate abuse of power.

A division bench comprising Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar Kajal made the observation during hearing of a petition filed by Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) on Wednesday.

ASK filed the petition with the HC challenging legality of the magistrate court’s order that placed Pori Moni on remand on three occasions in a case filed against her under Narcotics Act.

During hearing, presiding judge Mustafa Zaman Islam said “The magistrate has abused power by placing Pori Moni on remand for the third times. What materials prompted the investigation officer to seek remand? The incident is not acceptable in any civilised society.”

Appearing for Pori Moni, advocate Mozibur Rahman said the magistrate did not follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court in placing the actress on remand. 

At this stage, the HC has decided to recall the magistrate court’s record of the case against the film actress and scrutinise the materials. The magistrate will be show-caused, the HC said, adding the magistrate will be asked to appear personally if his reply is not satisfactory.

Senior lawyer ZI Khan Panna, a counsel for the actress, pointed out delay in disposing off the bail petition by the magistrate court.

The apex court also expressed willingness to issue guidelines for the lower courts specifying the time limit for settling bail petitions filed by the accused as Pori Moni’s bail hearing was delayed.

However, Deputy Attorney General Abu Yahia Dulal and Assistant Attorney General Mizanur Rahman prayed to the court to adjourn the hearing till Thursday on the ground that Attorney General AM Amin Uddin will appear for the state in the case. The court accepted the plea.