Don’t repeat the mistake

The High Court yesterday said judiciary will suffer if a judge does not follow the due process of law.

The HC said this to Cox’s Bazar District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Ismail in regard to granting bail to nine accused without due process.

“You are a senior judicial officer. If you had followed the due procedures [in granting bail to nine accused] no question would have been raised. What you have done is not expected of anybody. Don’t repeat the mistake,” the HC bench of Justice Md Habibul Gani and Justice Ahmed Sohel said.

Earlier in the day, Judge Ismail appeared before the bench while hearing a criminal revision petition in compliance with its previous summons order.

He also offered unconditional apology before it for granting bail to nine accused of a criminal case even before the magistrate court rejected their bail petition.

The bench accepted his apology and exonerated him from its proceedings.

On June 21, the HC issued the summons order against Ismail following the criminal revision petition filed by Khodesta Begum Rina, chairman of Dakkhin Mithachhori union in Cox’s Bazar, challenging the bail order.

Khodesta’s lawyer ABM Altaf Hossain said the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Cox’s Bazar rejected the bail petition of nine accused of case including Mohammad Yunus, Nurul Absar and Riaz Uddin around noon on May 21.

Interestingly, the accused submitted an affidavit with some photocopy-documents to the court of Sessions Judge Ismail around 10:00am the same day seeking bail in the case.

Even, the accused did not seek any permission from the court to submit the photocopy.

Judge Ismail granted them bail based on those photocopy papers, which the law does not support, the lawyer said.

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