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Corruption, anomalies can no longer continue: HC

Court asks lawyer to file complaint with ACC against Ramna OC


Published : 10 Aug 2022 11:48 PM | Updated : 10 Aug 2022 11:48 PM

The High Court has expressed anger over the allegation of amassing huge wealth and the encroachment on the house of a Freedom Fighter by the officer-in-charge (OC) of Ramna police station Monirul Islam. 

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat expressed anger on Wednesday (August 10) during the hearing of the writ petition filed seeking investigation into the source of the assets of the OC.

At the time, the HC bench commented that every authority figure must be held accountable and that corruption and irregularities could not continue in an unbridled manner.

Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the writ petition as a public interest litigation based on a report published in the newspaper on August 5.

The lawyer argued for the writ petition in the court, while OC Monirul’s lawyer Mahbub Shafique opposed the writ petition.

On the other hand, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.

Mahbub Shafique told the HC bench that his client OC Monirul has sent a rejoinder to the daily, which published the news item, on August 6, turning down its report about his wealth. The daily is yet to publish the rejoinder, he said.

During the hearing of the writ petition, the HC bench asked Syed Sayedul Haque Suman to submit an application to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to conduct an inquiry into the allegations against OC Monirul Islam of amassing wealth illegally. If the ACC does not take action then the court will look into it, said the HC bench. 

The court then ordered the adjournment of the writ hearing till August 21.

Earlier on August 5, a national Bengali daily published news about the vast wealth of the OC of Ramna police station including an eight-storey house in the capital.

Later, on August 8, the report was brought to the attention of the High Court, and Barrister Syed Syedul Haque Sumon sought directions for action and investigation in this regard. 

At that time, he asked the ACC to investigate the source of the OC's wealth. Then the court also told to bring the matter as an application (Writ). Following this, a writ petition was filed in the High Court.

According to the report published in the national daily, Monirul Islam has built an eight-storey house in Dhaka and is also building another duplex house. He also has four plots in Keraniganj and Munshiganj of Dhaka, it is alleged. 

He has allegedly occupied a Freedom Fighter's house in Mohammadpur Housing Society of the capital.