Saturday, 26 November, 2022

Court rejects Babul Akther’s petition to sue PBI chief, five other cops

A Chattogram court on Sunday rejected a plea filed by ex-Chattogram Superintendent of Police (SP) Babul Akter seeking its permission to file a case  against six officials of Police Bureau of Investigations (PBI) including its chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar for torturing him in police custody.

Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge Begum Jebunnessa passed the order.

The court also rejected two separate petitions for recording statement under Section 200 bringing Babul Akter to the court and seeking security in Feni prison cell.

The court in its order said it is unusual for inspectors to beat and torture the person who was an SP. Babul Akhtar appeared before the court many times seeking bail, but in this one year and four months, he never said anything like torture in police custody at the court.

The court thinks that as an accused in the case he is trying to obstruct the case in a new way, said Chattogram Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court public prosecutor Md Fakhruddin Chowdhury.

.Babul, who is now in jail in a case over the killing of her wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu, lodged the complaint against the six PBI officers with the court on September 8.

Advocate Habibur Rahman Labu, counsel of Babul, lodged the complaint against PBI chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar, Superintendent of PBI Chattogram , Nazmul Hasan, Naima Sultana, inspector (Khulshi) Santosh Kumar Chakma, inspector (DB CMP) AKM Mohiuddin Selim and Police Inspector Kazi Enayet Kabir.

According to the complaint, PBI officials physically tortured Babul while he was put on remand and tried to kill him.

On September 13, PBI pressed charges against Babul and six others in a case filed over the killing of his wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu.

On June 5, 2016, unidentified assailants gunned down Babul's wife Mitu at the port city's GEC intersection while she was going to drop her son Mahir Akhter, 7, for a bus of Chittagong Cantonment Public School and College.

Soon after the crime, Babul filed a murder case at Panchlaish Police Station against three unidentified men.

The case was transferred to the Police Bureau Investigation (PBI) in 2019 after Mitu's father, himself a retired police officer, filed a complaint against the CMP's mishandling of the case.

On May 12, 2021, the PBI submitted its final report and arrested Babul Akter in another case filed by Mitu’s father and since then he has been in prison.

Babul Akhter also filed a ‘naraji petition’ against the PBI report on October 14, 2021.

On November 3 last year, a Chattogram Court rejected the final report of PBI in the murder case and ordered it to conduct further investigation.

PBI in an investigation found Babul’s involvement in his wife's murder.