Update October 15, 2015

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Will go by the court judgment on Liton, says Home Minister Kamal

Sumel Sarker

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Will go by the court judgment on Liton, says Home Minister Kamal

15 October 2015, Nirapad News: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has promised to go by the court’s verdict on Gaibandha’s Awami League lawmaker Manjurul Islam Liton.

“Nobody is above law. Our government will strictly go by the verdict of court in dealing with his case,” Kamal told reporters at the Secretariat on Wednesday. “We respected the judiciary and will enforce the court verdict.”

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court’s Chamber Judge has stayed the High Court’s order that had instructed Liton to surrender before a trial court by Oct 18.

Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Huq Tutul has said that there was no legal bar on arresting Liton after the Supreme Court’s order.

The lawmaker stands accused of shooting a schoolboy in his constituency. He faces charges of looting and vandalism in another case.

His bail petitions were rejected by the High Court on Monday and the bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty told him to surrender before the court of Gaibandha’s Chief Judicial Magistrate by Oct 18.

But on Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the High Court’s order, clearing the way for Liton’s arrest. Kamal claimed progress in many of the recent cases of murder and assault.

“But I cannot disclose details in the interest of investigations. I do hope I should be able to share some good news with you soon,” Kamal told reporters.

He said ‘much progress’ has been made in the case involving a murderous assault on a Christian priest in Pabna.

Police have arrested five ‘JMB radicals’ in connection with the assault and said their leader Rakib has confessed to planning the attack. Rakib was arrested with four other JMB radicals this week.

Police are also investigating the sensational murders of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella at Dhaka on Sept 28 and of Japanese national Hosio Kunio in Rangpur five days later.

The Islamic State has reported claimed responsibility for both the murders but Bangladesh and Indian agencies have discounted that possibility.

Kamal said earlier that the tweet claiming responsibility for Tavella’s murder was made from Bangladesh.

The home minister said Hindus were going to celebrate the Durga Puja with due pomp. The atmosphere was absolutely normal, he said adding there were 200 to 300 additional Puja celebrations this year.

“We are a secular government and we are able to provide security to our minorities. So this is possible,” he said.

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