Muniya’s murder Bashundhara MD seeks bail

24 September 2021

Staff Reporter :
Bashundhara Groups' Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir has filed a petition with the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case filed against him on charge of killing after raping college student Mosarat Jahan Munia.
The petition came into the cause-list of the HC bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice KM Zahid Sarwar on Thursday, and the bench is scheduled to hold hearing on the petition on September 29. Sayem recently filed the petition with the High Court through his lawyer Hassan Imam, said Assistant Attorney General Md Mizanur Rahman.
The Gulshan police on April 26 recovered the body of Mosarat hanging from a ceiling fan in a rented flat at Gulshan in Dhaka.
On September 6, Mosarat's sister Nusrat Jahan filed a complaint with the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-8 against Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
Chairman of the group Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam and six others were also made accused in the case on charge of abetting the crime.
The six other accused are Shah Alam's wife Afroza Begum, Anvir's wife Sabrina Sayem, model Faria Mahbub Piyasha, Saifa Rahman Mim, the Gulshan flat's landlord Ibrahim Ahmed Ripon and his wife Sharmim.
After hearing, the judge of the tribunal Mafroza Parveen directed the officer-in-charge of the Gulshan Police Station to treat the complaint as first information report and send the case to the chief of Police Bureau of Investigation for taking step to probe into the complaint.
Nusrat in the case statement named Sayem as the prime accused of raping and murdering the victim. She accused the other seven people of intimidating Mosarat and assisting Sayem to commit the crime of 'rape and murder' of the college student.
Nusrat in the case statement alleged that Sayem took Mosarat in a house at Banani in Dhaka in June 2019 and raped her there for seven to eight months.
The family of Sayem later brought Mosarat to their house with the help of Piyasha and asked Mosarat to leave Dhaka, said the case statement.
In 2020, Sayem sent Mosarat to her home in Cumilla with the promise of wedding her and on March 1, 2021, he brought her to Dhaka and rented a flat for her at Gulshan at Tk 1,30,000 a month with the promise of marriage, according to the statement.
Citing a medical report, the complainant said that Mosarat later became pregnant.
After the police had recovered Mosarat's body on April 26, Nusrat filed a case against Bashundhara MD Sayem on charges of abetting the 'suicide' of the college student.
Later the police submitted final report with recommendation for clearing Sayem and others from the charges.
Nusrat later filed a fresh complaint against Sayem and the seven people with the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal after the magistrate rejected Nusrat's petition objecting to the final report.

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