The High Court canceled the lower court's verdict in the murder case of Rabi former student Wahida Sifat and ordered a fresh trial.
Instead of the Penal Code, it has been asked to be tried under the Special Tribunal Act for Prevention of Violence against Women and Children. The trial has been ordered to be completed within 3 months. At the same time, the three accused who were acquitted in the lower court have been ordered to surrender.
If these three accused apply for bail after surrendering, the concerned court has been asked to grant them bail. Besides, if the trial is not completed within three months, it has been asked to consider the bail application of the accused.
Justice Md. Emdadul Haque and Md. The High Court bench of Akram Hossain Chowdhury gave the order. Accused against the judgment of the lower court. The court passed this order after hearing the plea of the plaintiff to increase Asif's sentence and the plea of the accused seeking acquittal.
Lawyers for the accused were Advocate Sarwar Ahmed and Md. Munsur Rahman.
Deputy Attorney General Gias Uddin, Assistant Attorney General Md. Shaheen Mirdha. Aminul Islam, the father of deceased Sifat himself also heard the hearing with the permission of the court.
Wahida Sifat, a former student of Rajshahi University's Department of Mass Communication. Asif got married in 2010. But after a few days, a dispute started in their family. At some point in 2015, Sifat died at his father-in-law's house on March 29.
After that, a post mortem was conducted at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. It is said that Sifat committed suicide. But on April 2 of that year, Mizanur Rahman Khandkar, Sifat's uncle, filed a case at Rajpara police station in Rajshahi as the plaintiff.
It is alleged that Sifat was killed for demanding a dowry of Tk 20 lakh. Later, on the order of the court, Sifat's body was removed from the grave and post mortem was conducted at Rangpur Medical.
According to the autopsy report, Sifat had injuries on his head. After the police investigation, Sifat's husband Asif Presley, Asif's father Advocate Md. Ramzan Hossain, mother Nazmun Nahar and the first post-mortem doctor Dr. Zobaidur Rahman was charged on March 22, 2016.
The case was sent to Speedy Trial Tribunal No. 3 of Dhaka for trial. Charges were framed against the accused in this court on November 11, 2016. After the trial, the court sentenced only Asif (Sifat's husband) to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Tk 10,000 on the charge of inciting suicide under Section 306 of the Penal Code on February 27, 2017.
The verdict acquitted Asif's father, mother and the doctor who conducted the first autopsy. Asif and the plaintiff filed separate appeals against this judgment in the High Court. After the hearing on these two applications, the High Court gave its verdict yesterday.