The High Court, on Monday, summoned the investigation officer (IO) of the murder case of labour leader Nurul Islam of Puthia in Rajshahi over the delay in investigation.
A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order in the hearing on a bail plea filed by Abul Kalam alias Abu, an accused in the case.
The court asked the IO and also the officer of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), to appear before it with the case documents on 15 April.
At the same time, the court issued a rule asking why the accused would not be granted bail.
Lawyer Mohammad Khurshid Alam, who moved for the bail petition, said police arrested Abul Kalam Abu on 14 December last year.
On 25 January this year, a trial court denied him bail. Later, he filed a bail petition to the High Court.
Earlier on 31 December 2019, the HC transferred the murder case to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) for running its investigation activities. According to the order, the PBI has launched an investigation.
The HC handed down the verdict hearing a writ petition filed by Nurul Islam's daughter Nigar Sultana challenging the alleged manipulation of the FIR of the murder case in Rajshahi.
In its order, the court also asked PBI chief Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Banaj Kumar Majumder to play a special role in supervising the investigation of the case.
Nurul went missing on 10 June 2019 and his body was recovered from SS Brick Field the following day. Nurul's daughter, on 11 June, filed a murder case against eight people.
Police later submitted an FIR of the murder case to the trial court in Rajshahi, dropping the names of the two accused out of eight.
Noticing it, Nigar Sultana filed a writ petition to the HC against the manipulated FIR attaching the report titled ''OC changes the FIR'' published in a national daily on 22 July 2019.
Following the writ petition, the High Court, on 17 September of the same year, directed a judicial inquiry into the manipulation of FIR by OC Shakil Uddin Ahmed. At the same time, the court also issued a rule.
Following the order, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Rajshahi investigated the incident and filed a report to the High Court.