The High Court today directed the government to suspend Khagrachhari Ramgarh Upazila Nirbahai Officer (UNO) from the mobile court accused of “illegal” two-day sentencing on August 1.
Khagrachhari Public Administration Secretary and District Magistrate have been directed not to authorize Khondker Md Ikhtiar Uddin Arafat, JTO, to run mobile courts until further orders.
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Arafat sentenced day laborers Abul Kalam and Ruhul Amin to five days in prison for “inciting alarm”.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government and the UNO to explain why the conviction and sentence passed by it in the mobile court should not be declared illegal and why they should not be directed to award Rs 10,000. Tk compensation to Abul Kalam and Ruhul Amin. .
A bench of Justice Zafar Ahmed and Justice Md Akhtaruzzaman passed the order and ruling after the two convicts filed an application for necessary orders.
Hassan MS Azim, counsel for the petitioners, told The Daily Star that Mr. Abul Kalam and Ruhul Amin on August 1. worked on land in Ramgarh upazila office area.
There was a conflict between the local administration and the BGB over the land, which Abul Kalam and Ruhul Amin were not aware of.
“UNO Arafat held a mobile court and sentenced two to five days in prison in violation of the law and human rights.”
During the hearing of the petition, the State was represented by Assistant Attorney General Golam Sarwar Payel.