The High Court (HC) Wednesday ordered a lower court to dispose of the Sima Mohammadi murder case -- which has been pending for 32 years -- within three months.
Taking cognizance of a media report, a bench of Justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the suo motu order.
According to the report published by The Business Standard, the wait of the lower court to record the deposition of Sima's autopsy conducting physician Dr Anwar Hossain has been delaying the verdict in the case.
The HC told the lower court to dispose of the case on other documents if the doctor does not appears before it eventually.
Earlier, advocates Ishrat Hasan and Jamiul Haque Faisal produced the report before the HC bench.
Advocate Ishrat Hasan told the press that the HC expressed concern over the unprecedented delay in deciding the case and warned the lower court judges of action if they fail to dispose of the case by the first week of January.
According to The Business Standard report titled "The story of a murder trial that goes nowhere after 32 years", Sima lived with her family at their Jagannath Shaha residence adjacent to the Lalbagh Fort.
On April 26, 1988, she was stabbed to death in front of her family as she turned down the marriage proposal of Amin -- the lone accused in the case. Her mother Izhar Mohammadi subsequently filed the case at Lalbagh police station.
Around two months after the killing, police submitted the charge-sheet of the case to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court accusing Amin.
Later, the charge-sheet was sent to the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court for trial. Then, it was sent to the fifth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court. On April 29, 2001, the court framed charges against Amin.
After that, the case was sent to the Jono Nirapotta Bighnokari Aporadh Daman Tribunal, Dhaka as a sensational case.
The case proceedings were delayed frequently after charges had been framed due to the negligence of the physician who conducted the post-mortem.
The physician never appeared before the court to give his testimony, despite arrest warrants being issued against him.