Earlier, the High Court condemned the lower courts’ practice of approving remand pleas without following Supreme Court guidelines
Two lower court judges have issued apologies to the High Court for placing Dhallywood actor Pori Moni on remand several times in a case filed under the Narcotics Control Act.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrates Debabrata Biswas and Md Atikul Islam submitted separate written explanations in this regard to the office of the Supreme Court registrar general on Tuesday, according to media reports.
On September 2, the High Court had sought explanations from the magistrates as to why they had permitted the police to keep Pori Moni in custody for interrogation for the second and third times in the case.
A High Court bench comprising Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar was scheduled to hear the judges’ explanations on Wednesday.
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights and legal assistance group, on August 29 filed a petition questioning the continuous remands that allowed the police to interrogate Pori Moni in custody.
Terming the multiple remands an abuse of power during the hearing of the petition on September 1, the High Court condemned the lower courts’ questionable practice of approving remand pleas without following Supreme Court guidelines.
On August 5, Metropolitan Magistrate Mamunur Rashid granted the police four days to quiz Pori Moni and her aide Ashraful Islam Dipu in the case.
Following the completion of the remand period, Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas placed the two on a two-day remand on August 10.
They were remanded again by Metropolitan Magistrate Md Atikul Islam for another day in the same case on August 19.
Pori Moni was released from the Women’s Central Jail in Kashimpur, Gazipur on September 1, a day after the High Court granted her bail in the drugs case.
Prior to the bail hearing on August 31, multiple bail petitions of the actor had been quashed by lower courts following the police’s request.
The High Court order came after a Dhaka court had set September 13 to hear her last bail plea, prompting the defence team to move the High Court.
On August 4, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided Pori Moni’s Banani residence and detained her with bottles of liquor, yaba pills and LSD blots.
A minibar was found at Pori Moni’s residence where she regularly arranged parties, according to RAB.
In a nearly simultaneous raid, movie producer Nazrul Islam Raz and his manager Sabuj Ali were also arrested that day.
RAB said the raids were conducted based on information gleaned from Sharful Hasan alias Mishu Hasan and his accomplice Md Masudul Islam alias Jishan, both of whom were arrested the previous day on charges of carrying out illicit activities through DJ parties.
RAB claimed that Raz ran a ring that used to host DJ parties in upscale Dhaka neighbourhoods and supply drugs, using the parties as a cover.
RAB filed the drugs case against Pori Moni and Dipu at Banani police station on August 6.
Before getting embroiled in this case, the Dhallywood actor had hit the headlines in a major way back in June after levelling rape and murder attempt charges against several people.
On June 14, she filed a case against businessman Nasir U Mahmood and five others, accusing them of attempting to rape and murder her at Dhaka Boat Club on the night of June 8.
Following the filing of the case, law enforcers arrested Nasir, who later claimed that Pori Moni and her companions had been in a drunken state on the night in question.
Police on August 14 submitted a charge sheet against Nasir and his associate Tuhin Siddique Omi in a drugs case.