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.
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.