Fifty-three Supreme Court lawyers have sent a legal notice to the government seeking the formation of an independent and impartial commission to investigate allegations of crimes committed by the police.
The notice has been sent to the secretary of the ministry of home affairs, secretary of the ministry of justice and parliamentary affairs and the inspector general (IG) of police.
The notice demands action to be taken within the next one month. Moreover, a writ petition will be filed in the High Court seeking redress.
On Thursday morning, lawyer Muhammad Shishir Monir sent the legal notice on behalf of 53 Supreme Court lawyers.
Speaking in favor of forming a commission to investigate allegations against the police, lawyer Muhammad Shishir Monir said: "There is no end to the allegations against the police. There are always allegations against them for being involved in various misdeeds. Despite strict surveillance in police stations and units across the country, including Dhaka, the criminal activities of the police could not be controlled. Again, it is also true that if any allegation of misconduct is found against any member of the police, it is being investigated. Measures like transfer, withdrawal or suspension are also being taken, but the criminal activities by some members of the police still could not be stopped."
"This is because whenever a complaint is made against the police, the responsibility of investigation rests with a senior police officer. Then a question arises about that investigation. We have sent a legal notice to the concerned authorities to form a commission for this," the lawyer added.