Police cleared to charge Farhad Mazhar’s wife


PV Desk : A Dhaka court has green-lighted police to press charges against columnist Farhad Mazhar’s wife Farida Akhtar for reporting a false abduction.
A right-wing activist and staunch government critic, Farhad was found on a bus in Jessore while travelling from Khulna to Dhaka, 18 hours after he went missing from the capital on Jun 3.
His family alleged in a police complaint, which was later recorded as a case, that he was abducted after he had left home early that morning.
On Nov 14, investigators filed their report to the court, where they said no truth was found in the claim that the columnist had been abducted and sought permission to prosecute the columnist’s wife for filing a false report.
The final probe report says the case filed by Farida is baseless and covers up the actual events.
On Thursday, a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate held a hearing over the probe report and accepted the police’s plea to start a case against her, said the court’s recording officer Sub-Inspector Nizamuddin.