Rubel exempted, Happy’s naraji dismissed
20 May 2015, Nirapad News: A special tribunal in Dhaka exempted cricketer Rubel Hossain from a rape charge filed by film actress Naznin Akhtar Happy. Judge Tanjina Ismail of Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5 handed down the order Wednesday noon after completing the hearing in a rape case.
The tribunal also dismissed a naraji (no-confidence) petition filed by the actress against police’s final probe report on the charge.
Earlier on May 17, Happy filed the naraji petition after appearing in person before the tribunal and fixed May 20 the date for next hearing. The court also granted a fresh bail to Rubel on the same day.
On April 6, police Inspector Halima Khatun submitted the final report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court, finding no evidence on Happy’s rape allegation against Rubel.
According to the probe report, a three-member medical board that conducted physical examination on Happy said that her body bore no proof of getting raped.
Following the report, the investigation officer (IO) of the case recommended to the court to exempt Rubel from the charges. On December 13, 2014, the actress filed the case under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, accusing the fast bowler of backing off from marriage after being intimate with her for months.
However, Rubel spent four days in jail and later participated in World Cup cricket getting bail from the High Court.
Rubel made his debut in international cricket in 2009 and has so far appeared in 23 Tests, 62 One Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals.
The medium-fast bowler helped Bangladesh outperform England in the first round of ICC World Cup 2015, leading Tigers to play India in the WC quarterfinal round for the first time in the history of the country’s cricket.