Vol. 5 Num 64 Fri. July 30, 2004  

Charges framed against Jamuna Group chief

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Chairman of Jamuna Group Nurul Islam Babul in an attempted rape case.

Judge Kaniz Akhter Nasrina Khanam of the Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression-4 fixed August 30 for trial of the case.

Babul pleaded not guilty and demanded justice before the court after the charges were read out.

The defence lawyers submitted a petition for discharging Babul from the charges, while the prosecution opposed it praying for framing charges against the accused.

After a lengthy hearing from the two sides, the court rejected the discharge petition and framed charges against Babul.

In the case filed with Badda Police Station, a woman of Dholairpar in Demra in city alleged she met Babul, a leading businessman and owner of Bangla newspaper Dainik Jugantor, at his office in Motijheel on March 17 for a job.

Babul aided by an armed gang took her to Kuril Bishwa Road in Badda by a car, she said, and forcing her into a tin-roofed house near Bishwa Road, attempted to rape her.

She filed the case against Babul and two others on March 19.

The investigation officer of the case pressed charges against Babul on April 27 to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court showing seven people as prosecution witnesses.