The High Court today fixed January 30 for delivering a verdict on the appeals in sensational journalist Gautam Das killing case. Gautam Das, 30, Faridpur bureau chief of the daily Samakal, was brutally killed at his office on November 17, 2005.
According to the case statement, Gautam was killed as he ran a series of news reports in daily Samakal against the accused.
The reports were based on their alleged involvement with corruption and irregularities in repairing Mujib Sarak of Faridpur district.
Yesterday, the HC bench of Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatema Najib set the date (January 30) for delivering the judgement after concluding the hearing on the appeals filed by convicted accused in the case.
On June 27, 2013, a Dhaka court sentenced nine people to life term imprisonment for killing journalist Gautam Das.
The convicts are Asif Imran, Asif Imtiaz Bulu, Zahid Khan, Kamrul Islam Apon, Asad Bin Kadir, Siddiqur Rahman Miah, Tamjid Hossain Babu, Rajib Hassan Miah and Abu Taher Mohammad Mortuza Ahsan, also known as Apollo Biswas. Of the convicts, Apollo is on the run.
Judge Shahed Noor Uddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 also fined them Tk 50,000 each, in default they are to suffer one more year in jail.
The judge in his judgment said though the killing was so heinous, the court did not get any evidence against the accused who strangled the victim.
So, the court had decided to award life term imprisonment instead of the death penalty, the judge added.
The convicts then file separate appeals with the HC challenging the trial court verdict on them.