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Pori Moni’s multiple remands

HC seeks further explaination from 2 lower court judges

Published : 29 Sep 2021 10:07 PM | Updated : 30 Sep 2021 01:41 PM

The High Court on Wednesday asked for further explanation from two lower court judges by October 24 on why they remanded actress Pori Moni to police on multiple times in a narcotics case.  

The HC bench of Justices Mustafa Zaman Islam and KM Zahid Sarwar passed the order as the court found the earlier explanations offered by the two judges unsatisfactory.

The court also fixed October 24 for next hearing in the case.

The two metropolitan magistrates in question are Debabrata Biswas and Atiqul Islam.

Besides, the HC asked the investigating officer of the case Kazi Golam Mostafa to submit his explanation in the case.

On September 2, the High Court asked the two lower court judges to explain why they had accepted the police prayer to remand actress Pori Moni for the second and the third time in the narcotics case.

The court had also summoned the investigating officer to appear before the bench on September 15 along with relevant documents to explain why he repeatedly sought remand for the actress.

The bench said it would also summon the metropolitan magistrates who had granted the prayers for taking Pori Moni in remand for second and third times, if their written explanation was not satisfactory.

Besides, the HC said there was potential for abuse of power in the remand of the actress.

Ain-o-Salish Kendra lawyer ZI Khan Panna told the HC  during the hearing that its guidelines and directives were all thrown out of the window in the manner by which the actress was placed on remand in three phases.

Pori Moni was arrested on August 4 following a raid by Rab on her Banani residence. A case was filed against her under the Narcotics Control Act the following day.

Following the High Court's intervention, a Dhaka court finally granted bail to the actress on September 1 and she walked out of jail the following day.

On August 22, Pori Moni was sent to jail after inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Kazi Golam Mostafa produced her in a court on the completion of a one-day remand, her third.

Judge Emrul Kayesh set September 13 for hearing her bail petition in the case. However, the actress subsequently moved the High Court, challenging the validity of the lower court's decision.

The HC on August 26 issued a rule, seeking explanation as to why a lower court order fixing September 13 for hearing the bail petition of Pori Moni in a case under the Narcotics Control Act should not be cancelled. It had also asked why the bail application would not be heard within two days.

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