The High Court today has given the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) 60 more days to investigate into the murder case of economist Sagira Morshed Salam, who was shot dead in the capital's Siddheswari area in 1989.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman granted the time in response to a PBI plea seeking more time today.
Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi submitted the plea on behalf of the state.
On July 25, 1989, the victim Sagira, 34, was going to Viqarunnisa Noon School to pick up her daughter Saharat, by a rickshaw.
However, she never got to pick up her daughter as she was shot to death in front of the school in Bailey Road, Dhaka.
Abdus Salam Chowdhury, husband of the victim, filed a murder case against the unidentified killers with Ramna Police Station on the same day. But the trial proceedings of the case had been stayed for six-month periods, for 28 years, following High Court orders.
Finally, on June 26 this year, the same High Court bench lifted the stay order and cleared the way for the lower court to resume its proceedings.
The HC bench also ordered the PBI to complete further investigations into the case within two months and directed the trial court to finish its proceedings within three months.
Meanwhile, police arrested four people – Sayedatul Mahmuda Shaheen, 64, Dr Hasan Ali Chowdhury, 70, Anas Mahmud Rezwan, 59, Md Maruf Reza, 49 – accused of planning and committing the murder. All four of them confessed their part of involvement before the court.
On November 14, Deputy Inspector General and PBI Chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar revealed this at a press briefing held at the PBI headquarters in Dhaka.