Ayesha Siddiqua Minni, the widow of Rifat Sharif, appealed to the High Court (HC) Tuesday challenging the lower court death sentence in her husband's murder case.
Minni's lawyer Makkia Fatema Islam filed the petition on her behalf to the HC.
Previously on October 4, Minni's father, Mozammel Hossain Kishore visited HC Lawyer ZI Khan Panna, one of Minni's lawyers, with the daughter's vakalatnama and certified copy of the verdict.
On the same morning, the death reference documents of the six accused, including Minni, reached the High Court.
As per law, all proceedings in death penalty cases are referred to the HC for the final approval to execute the order. After the copy of the verdict reaches the HC, the accused can appeal within seven days.
In the Rifat Sharif murder case, the lawyers have appealed within the specified number of days.
On September 30, a Barguna court sentenced six accused, including Minni, to death and acquitted four others in the Rifat murder case. Barguna District and Sessions Judge Ashaduzzaman gave the verdict.
Those sentenced to death are -- Md Rakibul Hasan alias Rifat Faraji (23), Al Qayyum alias Rabbi Akon (21), Mohaiminul Islam Sifat (19), Rezoan Ali Khan Hridoy alias Tiktok Hridoy (22), Md Hasan (19) and Ayesha Siddiqua Minni (19).
On June 26, 2019, Rifat Sharif was mercilessly stabbed in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College by Nayan Bond and other members of the teenage gang he formed known as "Bond Group".
When a video of the incident went viral on social media, it caused a stir across the country.
The investigating officer submitted a charge sheet on September 1 last year, accusing 24 people in the murder case. Of these, ten were adults while 14 others were under-aged.