Dhaka, Apr 02: The High Court on Tuesday wondered how police can set up courts at night at their desired places to settle disputes.“They take up cases if they find it suitable, or else not. No GD is recorded unless their palms are greased. Even officers-in-charge set up courts at their desired places at night for arbitration at their sweet will… How dare they do so?” the apex court observed.

A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observations while hearing a writ petition filed challenging the legality of refusal by the officer-in-charge (OC) of Shyamnagar Police Station in Satkhira to register a case in connection with the attack on and looting of the house of Md Fazlur Rahman on February 15 last.

The petition said one Yusuf Ali and his followers attacked and looted the house of Fazlur Rahman at Sora village in Shyamnagar upazila and Fazlur informed the matter to Shyamnagar Police Station OC Habil Hossain over cellphone and sought help.

But, the OC refused to help Fazlur saying that he was busy with other works, and suggested solving the matter through arbitration, a proposal turned down by Fazlur, the petition said.

Fazlur then brought the matter to the notice of the superintendent of police (SP) of Satkhira. On February 26, the SP asked OC Habil to take legal steps over the incident, but the OC refused to take up any case.

Later on March 3, Fazlur Rahman submitted the writ petition to the HC challenging the legality of OC Habil’s refusal to record the case.