According to the law, if a convict is sentenced to death in a lower court, all the documents of the case are sent to the High Court for approval of the penalty. It is then included in the branch concerned of the High Court as a death reference case.
Later, when the case ‘Paperbook’- file containing all the documents- is prepared, the hearing of the death reference is held following the serial.
On 8 December last year, a Dhaka court sentenced 20 accused to death and five others to life imprisonment for killing Abrar, a 21-year-old student of BUET in October 2019.
According to the prosecution Abrar, the second-year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, was beaten to death by fellow BUET students, also Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders, at Sher-e-Bangla Hall in 2019.
He was found dead on the staircase of the hall in the early hours of 7 October, after he was taken to room No-2011 around 8:00pm on 6 October and beaten mercilessly.
On 7 October, an FIR for murder was lodged at the Chawkbazar police station against 19 people, following a complaint from Abrar’s father Barkat Ullah.
On 13 November, 2019, Detective Branch (DB) inspector and investigation officer of the case Wahiduzzaman submitted a chargesheet against the 25 accused.
On 15 September, 2020, the court framed charges against the accused. The court recorded statements of 47 of the 60 witnesses in the case.