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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 7578 of 2003
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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 7578 of 2003

Date of filing: 2003/12/29


Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)


  1. Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
  2. Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare
  3. DG, Department of Social Service
  4. IGP, Lalbag, Dhaka


BLAST filed a writ petition impugning the prolonged detention of 155 under-trial prisoners in Dhaka Central Jail, based on a news report published in the Daily Star. BLAST also submitted a supplementary affidavit furnishing a detailed list of 7409 persons languishing in custody without trial for an indefinite period. The Deputy Attorney General filed a report from the Additional Inspector General of Prisons which admitted that among those 7402, there were 118 women and 214 children below the age of eighteen years.


Date: 03/08/2004


The High Court delivered judgment on 03.08.2004 directing compliance with the earlier direction made in Suo Moto Order No. 248 of 2003 and directing the respondents to report compliance within six months.


Mr. Justice Md. Abdul Matin

Mr. Justice Tariq Ul- Hakim.


57 DLR (2005) 11

Area of law

Children’s Rights,
Fair Trial


Unlawful Detention

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 31, 32, 35 (3);

Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898;

Legal Aid Services Act, 2000;

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1966

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