Shahadat and wife exonerated by court

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Bangladesh cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife were exonerated on Sunday in the case filed over the alleged torturing of their housemaid. Judge Tanjina Ismail of the chief tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression of Dhaka acquitted the couple as the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against them.

On October 27, Shahadat and his wife pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after the court read out the charges to them. The victim had brought allegations against the couple on September 6 last year, and a case was later filed against them at the Mirpur Police Station. Police pressed charges against the couple on December 27, 2015.

Seven prosecution witnesses, including the complainant and the victim of the case, gave their statements before the court. Of them, the victim, in her August 25 statement, said Shahadat and his wife Nrittya did not torture her.

The BCB's disciplinary committee had lifted a temporary ban on Shahadat in May on "humanitarian grounds".

Shahadat had been suspended in September 2015 after a case was registered against him and his wife under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. They were arrested on October 5 and were granted bail in December last year.