Magistrates explain away Pori Moni remand, but HC remains ‘unsati
Desk Report || shiningbd
The High Court is unsatisfied by the explanations provided by two magistrates as to why they sent actress Shamsunnahar Smriti, better known as Pori Moni, to be taken into police custody for the second and third rounds of interrogations in a narcotics case.
The virtual bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar made such remark after a hearing on Wednesday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas approved a two-day remand for Pori Moni after the first interrogation in the case filed by the Banani police had ended. Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqul Islam then approved a further one-day of questioning in a third round of remand over the same case.
The High Court had asked the magistrates for an explanation of on what basis they granted these remand petitions.
Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam read out a section of the explanations, before stating that they violated the remand guidelines set up by the High Court and the Supreme Court and the conventional law on the issue.
“For this reason, we are unsatisfied,” he said. “As we are unsatisfied by the approval of the second and third rounds of remand, we will set Sept 29 for our decision.”
One of the magistrates highlighted a case of a Dhaka University student committing suicide after taking LSD and other negative effects of drug use in his explanation.
Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam, the senior member of the bench, read the section aloud and said that the magistrate would be summoned to explain why he had accepted the remand petition.
The other magistrate said in his explanation that any deviation he made from conventional law in granting the two-day remand was not ‘intentional’, but was instead a ‘mistake made in good faith’.
But Justice Islam did not accept the explanation, saying that he did not believe there had been an unintentional ‘error’.
“The High Court was undermined,” he said.
Pori Moni was arrested from her home on Jul 4 by the Rapid Action Battalion with an alleged stash of drugs and alcohol.
Pori Moni, meanwhile, is scheduled to return to filming in October. She is to play the lead role of anti-British Bengali revolutionary nationalist Pritilata Waddedar in ‘Pritilata’. bdnews24