Tuesday, February 27

Cricketer Rubel lands in jail


National team cricketer Rubel Hossain was sent to jail today after his surrender before court in connection with a rape case filed by film actress Naznin Akter Happy.

Rubel, who received a four-week anticipatory bail on December 15, appeared before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Anwar Sadat this morning and submitted a petition for bail.

After hearing, the court rejected his petition and ordered authorities to send Rubel to jail.

The pacer, who is in the 15-member national squad which is going to represent Bangladesh in the upcoming cricket World Cup, was at the centre of controversy since Happy came up with the allegation of rape against him recently.

Happy filed the case under the Prevention of Women and Child Repression Act on December 13 accusing Rubel of luring her into an extramarital affair with false promises of marriage.

The women and children repression prevention act registers the fraudulence as a rape charge.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday announced the 15-member squad for the 2015 cricket world cup which is going to begin on February 14.

Earlier Tuesday, the High Court rejected a writ petition that sought directives to remove Rubel Hossain from Bangladesh’s World Cup squad.

The Tigers are scheduled to leave for Brisbane on January 24.


Film actress Happy came into media focus after she had filed the case on December 13 accusing cricketer Rubel of luring her into an extramarital affair with false promises of marriage.

However, the actress on the following day said she would withdraw the case if Rubel married her.

Meanwhile, a day after Happy filed the case, doctors at Dhaka Medical College conducted a forensic test on her. In its report submitted to Mirpur police on December 24, DMC stated that Happy was not raped recently.

Criticising the use of “recent”, Happy told The Daily Star that after “physical relations” for the last nine months, Rubel had refused her on December 1, after which she had tried to reach a solution.

On Monday, Happy filed a writ petition with the HC asking its directives to remove Rubel Hossain from Bangladesh World Cup squad.

She also urged the court to order the government to confiscate Rubel’s passport until the case was settled.

The HC rejected her pleas as since the petitioner’s lawyer was absent in the court to place arguments on the petition.

Meanwhile, another Dhaka court, on December 31, granted police permission to conduct DNA tests to verify her claim.