In an unprecedented action, Shahbag police recorded a general diary (GD) against a High Court judge.
A police constable, Md Harun-or-Rashid (No 5662), filed the GD (No 1445) against Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury for abusing him (constable) in public while performing traffic duty in front of Supreme Court on Thursday morning.
The police constable in his GD mentioned that he was compelled to undergo an insulting punishment of sitting and standing alternatively by touching both the ears as the judge took objection for waiting in a traffic signal at the crossroad in front of National Eidgah gate beside the SC.
Constable Harun stated that he was on traffic duty at Kadamful crossing beside the Eidgah from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm on the day.
At about 10:00 am, some cars of the judges came from North side of the crossing and took U-turn and red light turned on after some others vehicles of the side crossed the signal, he said.
Then, stopping the North side, he allowed vehicles of the South side of the crossing to pass on, Harun stated.
At that time, a car (Dhaka Metro Pa-17-5031) of the HC judge AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury taking U-turn stopped on the left side, he said.
The gunman Monirul accompanying the judge called him and he duly came close to the car and paid due respect, constable Harun stated in the GD.
However, the judge being irritated asked Harun, "Are you blind?, What are you doing standing here?"
At one stage, the judge reportedly uttered abusive language and punished the constable Harun.
Later, the judge left the spot threatening him to face the consequence.
Officer-in-Charge of Shahbag police station Md Rezaul Islam yesterday told The New Nation, "The higher authorities will decide what course of action will be taken following the GD."
It may be mentioned that the name of the justice was in public discussion in recent months for dealing with talked about cases. In some of the cases, he had summoned senior administrative and police officials to his court.
In a sensational case of amputation of a child for forced begging, Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury had issued a suo moto rule directing Secretary to the Home Ministry, Inspector General of Police (IGP), RAB DG, DMP Police Commissioner and Officers-in-Charge and Investigation Officers (IOs) of the Kamrangirchar and Kadamtali police stations to respond.
The two OCs were summoned to physically appear in his court early this month.