|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 21:24:00 | Updated : 13 Mar 2017, 21:38:42|
Produce accused shackle-free in court: HC
The High Court on Monday ordered the law-enforcing agencies not to keep shackles and leg-cuffs on while producing accused people before courts.
But on the grounds of security, the restraints can be used while transporting them, the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice Krishna Debnath said in the order.
Earlier in the day, the High Court warned Deputy Inspector General of Prisons Towhidul Islam after he offered an unconditional apology for the incident of producing four accused people before a court with restraints on.
Towhidul and Senior Jail Superintendent Jahangir Kabir appeared before the court in the morning with their explanation over the incident.
"We said that all the four were members of militant group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh," Towhidul told the media.
"In line with the law, we send accused people with shackles on when police ask. This is what happened in this incident. But the High Court said we cannot send accused people with shackles on to the courtrooms in the future. We will follow the court order," he added.
After the High Court on February 7 had issued a rule on keeping 10 accused people in jail for a long time without trial, the 10 were produced before the High Court on February 23.
Shackles and leg-cuffs were put on four of them - Habibur Rahman alias Ismail, Moniruzzaman alias Munna, Nasir Uddin and Gias Uddin.
The IG prisons were asked to appear before the High Court and explain the incident on March 9.
As the IG (prisons) was abroad, Senior Jail Super Jahangir presented a written statement on behalf of him. – source bdnews24.com