After the incident of throwing shoes at the judge in Chittagong, the defendants are not allowed to enter all the courts of the Chief Judicial Magistrate building including the cyber tribunal court. The convict’s cage has also been surrounded by an iron fence. The enclosure is provided from floor to ceiling of the kathgara. Those concerned said that this initiative has been taken for the security of the court.
On the fourth floor of the Chittagong Chief Judicial Magistrate’s building, it was seen in the cyber tribunal court that the defendants were being brought into the court with their shoes off. The policeman in charge of the court is supervising the opening of the shoes. Accused are being taken to court only after taking off their shoes.
Earlier on November 28 last year, shoes were thrown inside the cyber tribunal court. An accused named Monir Khan Michael threw two shoes consecutively at the judge of that court Mohammad Zahirul Kabir.
Since that incident, all the courts of the Chief Judicial Magistrate building, including the Cyber Tribunal Court, have been seen taking this extra security.
The courtroom was not like this before the shoe throwing incident.
When asked about this, Mejbah Uddin Chowdhury, Public Prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong Cyber Tribunal said, “This is being done in respect of the court. For example, in honor of Shaheed Minar, one does not enter with shoes. But you can’t enter with shoes—there’s no such law. However, to pay respect to the martyrs, everyone took off their shoes and entered. This has also been done in the court.
Chittagong Court Inspector Md. Zakir Hossain said, “This decision has been taken for the security of the court.”