NHRC likely to take IG Prisons to court

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is likely to go for legal action against Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Ashraful Islam Khan early next month on charge of violation of law. The process of filing a lawsuit with the High Court against the IG Prisons would start on return of NHRC Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman from France, commission insiders said. Dr Rahman on Friday left Dhaka for Paris on a weeklong visit to France at the invitation of the French government.

He on Thursday alleged that they had complaints about irregularities, corruption and violation of human rights in the jails across the country.

“The IG Prisons has barred us from visiting the Sylhet jail so that we cannot uncover corruption. But the IG Prisons will have to rebut these allegations,” he added.

The commission chairman on September 29 went to Sylhet to visit the Central Jail and see the human rights situation there following the complaints filed with NHRC.

The authority concerned did not let him enter the jail, saying that the IG Prisons had ordered them not to allow anyone inside the jail without prior permission from the home ministry.

The commission chairman argued that according to NHRC Act-2009, he does not need any permission from the authority. Later, the jail authority contacted the IG Prisons in Dhaka who ordered them not to allow anyone enter the jail without permission from the home ministry.

The chairman instantly demanded resignation of the IG Prisons for violation of law. “If necessary, the commission will lodge a lawsuit with the High Court against him.”

After the incident in Sylhet, he said the commission was expecting that the government would take legal action against the IG Prisons. “We will go for legal action against him if the government does not take any action against him.”

He further said they went to visit the jail after receiving allegations of human rights violation. The IG Prisons did not let him enter the jail because he might be involved in irregularities and corruption.

As per Article 12(C) of NHRC Act 2009, the commission can visit any jail or any other places where persons are detained or lodged for the purposes of correction, custody, treatment, or such other welfare, and make recommendations to the government for development of those places and improvement of conditions, the chairman added.

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The Daily Sun