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Raintree Hotel Verdict: Law minister moves to seize LC judge's power

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 13th November, 2021 07:29:24 PM
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Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said he will send a letter to the Chief Justice (CJ) seeking seizure of judicial power of the lower court (LC) judge who passed judgment on Raintree Hotel rape case.

He came up with the decision addressing journalists on the Supreme Court premises in the capital on Saturday.

On November 11, a Dhaka court acquitted five accused, including Safat Ahmed, son of Dildar Ahmed, co-owner of Apan Jewellers, of a rape charge against them.

Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar, judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 of Dhaka, dismissed a case filed over rape incident took place Raintree Hotel in Dhaka.

While rejecting the case, the court made an observation that police should not accept any rape case, if filed by aggrieved person after 72 hours of the incident.

Replying to a query, law minister said “I have no comment on the decision of the judge in the case. But the observation she made that a rape case should not be accepted after 72 hours of the incident is illegal and unconstitutional. I will send a letter to the Chief Justice tomorrow (Sunday) seeking seizure of her (LC judge) judicial power.”

The observation having made by the judge invited criticism from legal fraternity as top lawyers opined that filing a criminal case is not time-barred.

While exonerating all accused in Raintree Hotel case, judge said no rape incident took place and the complainant girls went to the hotel, took wine, danced and engaged in physical relations mutually.

Acquitted persons are- Shafat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewellers co-owner Dilder Ahmed, Shafat's friend Shadman Sakif, director of Regnum Group, Nayem Ashraf, an employee of E-Makers Event Management, Shafat's driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.

Two private university students were repeatedly raped at gunpoint at a birthday party from 9:00pm on March 28, 2017 to 10:00am of the next day.

On May 6, 2017, a rape case was filed against five persons including Safat with Banani Police Station.