Chief Justice SK Sinha on Wednesday assigned a new bench for hearing the death reference and appeals in the Narayanganj seven-murder cases.
An HC bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam will hear the petitions filed by a number of death-row convicts.
Earlier, on May 7, the paper books and all documents related to Narayanganj seven-murder cases were sent to the High Court.
On January 22, District and Session's Judge of Narayanganj Sayed Enayet Hossain sent all files and documents of the lower court verdict in the cases to the High Court (HC).
A court of Narayanganj sentenced 26 people, including ex-city councilor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases filed over the sensational seven-murder incident on January 16.
On April 27, 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area.
At the same time, senior lawyer at the District Judge's Court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were also abducted on their way to the capital.
Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six men, including those of Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River. The following day, the body of Nazrul's car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.
Later, Selina Islam Beauty, the widow of Nazrul Islam, filed a case against six people while adv Chandan Sarkar's son-in-law filed another case.
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