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Raintree Hotel Rape Verdict

Anisul to send letter to CJ for seizing judge’s judicial power

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Anisul to send letter to CJ for seizing judge’s judicial power

Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Saturday that he will send a letter to Chief Justice (CJ) Syed Mahmud Hossain, seeking seizure of the judicial power of Judge Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar, who acquitted all the five accused of the charges in the much-talked-about Raintree Hotel rape case.

The minister disclosed his decision while talking to journalists on the Supreme Court premises in the capital on Saturday.

On November 11, Judge Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 acquitted all the accused of the rape charge.

The accused acquitted 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.

The court said in an observation that police should not accept any rape case if it is filed by the aggrieved person 72 hours after the incident.

Replying to a query, the 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 (the judge’s) 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.

Exonerating all the accused in the case, the judge of the trial court said no rape incident took place and the complainants (girls) went to the hotel, took wine, danced and engaged in physical relations mutually.

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

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