A Dhaka court on Monday fixed February 9 for hearing on framing charges against three people including cricketer Nasir Hossain and his wife Tamima in a case filed over their illegal marriage.
The other accused in the case is Tamima’s mother Sumi Akhter.
According to the court sources, Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain fixed the date.The three accused were present in the dock. Advocate Kazi Najibullah Hiru, a counsel of Tamima and Nasir, said Tamima divorced Rakib properly and it is the jurisdiction of the local marriage registrar office to implement it. Besides, Sumi Akter, mother of Tamima, has no involvement in it.
He also made a plea to exonerate all the accused from the charges.
Complainant’s lawyer Ishrat Hasan opposed, saying that Rakib did not get any notice regarding divorce as it was not duly served. So, the charges brought against the all accused should be framed in the case.
On December 20, 2021, a Dhaka court fixed January 24 for hearing on framing charges against the trio.
On September 30, the court issued a summon against the three. The same day, the case investigation officer Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted a report terming the couple's marriage "illegal".
Tamima did not divorce her first husband Rakib. Rakib did not get any legal notice on the issue. Moreover, instead, Tamima made a fake divorce notice and published it in different media outlets. She is still Rakib's wife, and marrying anyone without divorcing her current husband is illegal and it is a punishable offence, the report said. Earlier the court instructed PBI to investigate the matter after Rakib Hasan filed a case on February 24.
According to the Muslim law, it is a crime and punishable to marry someone before divorcing the first husband.