SC stays HC order over BB official Rabbi’s torture case

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Dhaka, Jan 21: The chamber judge of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stayed the High Court (HC) order, which instructed Mohammadpur police to accept Bangladesh Bank )BB) official Golam Rabbi’s written complaint of being tortured by a sub-inspector as First Information Report (FIR).

Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique stayed the order and forwarded it to an appellate bench after hearing a plea filed by the State.

An appellate bench will hear the matter on January 25.

The HC’s order came on Monday after a petition was lodged by two lawyers and a news broadcaster.

The court had also asked why the torture of Rabbi in police custody should not be declared unconstitutional.

The home and law secretaries, the inspector general of police, the Tejgaon police DC, the Mohammadpur police OC and Sub Inspector Masud Shikdar were asked on Monday to respond to the ruling within two weeks.

Bangladesh Bank communications department official Rabbi was allegedly confined in a police vehicle and tortured by Shikdar in a bid to extort money from him on the night of January 9 in Mohammadpur.

The police official had reportedly asked him to pay up or face prosecution as a Yaba dealer and addict.

Rabbi submitted the written complaint to the deputy commissioner (Tejgaon) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police the following day.

After the allegations surfaced, Shikdar was taken off duty on January 11 and then was suspended five days later.

Rabbi, with wounds on his right hand and left leg, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Shikdar rejects the allegations against him, saying they had detained Rabbi because he failed to explain what he was doing in that area so late at night.

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