Shahudul Haque

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Shahudul Haque
শাহুদুল হক
Inspector General of Police of Bangladesh Police
In office
22 April 2003 – 14 December 2004
Preceded byMudabbir Hossain Chowdhury
Succeeded byAshraful Huda

Shahudul Haque is a former Inspector General of Police of Bangladesh Police during 2003–2004.[1] Earlier, he was an Army officer who later join Bangladesh Police.



In August 2003, AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, an additional judge of the High Court, issued a notice of query on the then IGP Haque while drawing contempt proceedings against five police personnel.[2] According to Manik, a traffic policeman on duty did not salute, while his car passed in the Farmgate area in Dhaka earlier in June the same year.[2] Haque, in his clarification letter, mentioned that "a traffic policeman on duty is not obliged to salute anybody but a discretion is left to him to pay compliment to anybody without risking traffic accident. The duty of a driver is to obey the direction of the traffic policeman and he has no right to conduct a research as to whether the direction given by the traffic policeman is right or wrong".[2] This response triggered the High Court to put contempt charge against Haque himself.[2] In January 2004, the High Court found Haque guilty of gross misconduct in the contempt case against the judge as well as the court and fined him Tk 2,000.[3] Later on 8 December, he was convicted of contempt of court after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal petition against the conviction.[4] According to the legal experts, Haque stood dismissed from service since the relevant law says, "a public servant loses job for committing offences punishable with death, transportation or imprisonment for a term exceeding six months or with fines exceeding Tk 1,000 or both."[4][5][6][7] Government removed Haque from the IGP position on 14 December 2004 and put Ashraful Huda as the acting IGP.[8][9] Two days later, the government appointed Huda as the new IGP and the President of Bangladesh pardoned Haque by exempting him from the purview of Section 3 of Public Servants (Dismissal on Conviction) Ordinance, 1985.[10]

2004 Dhaka grenade attack case[edit]

In April 2004, Haque's term for the IGP office was extended for one more year.[11] During his term, the incident of 2004 Dhaka grenade attack occurred in August 2004 that killed 19 and injured over 200 others.[12][13] In October, Haque mentioned that "no international link has been found to the recent spate of bomb blasts", a claim that contradicted the government's one-member judicial commission, which hinted at the link of a "foreign enemy" to the attack.[14][15] In July 2011, 30 people were added to the supplementary charge sheets of the grenade attack case which included Haque's name.[16] Later in December, Haque had appealed to a Dhaka court to discharge him from the cases but it was rejected.[17][18] In March 2012, Haque was charged for assisting the killers financially and administratively to execute the attack and faced up to life-term imprisonment.[19][20] He was granted bail the next month.[21][22][23] In October 2018, Haque and another former IGP, Ashraful Huda, were sentenced to two years in jail and fined Tk 50,000 for harbouring the offenders.[24]


  1. ^ "Former IGPs". Bangladesh Police. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  2. ^ a b c d "IGP faces contempt charge, asked to appear in HC". The Daily Star. 2003-11-11. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  3. ^ "IGP fined Tk 2,000, faces jail in default". The Daily Star. 2004-01-28. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  4. ^ a b "IGP guilty of contempt". The Daily Star. 2004-12-08. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  5. ^ "Govt yet to act on verdict against IGP". The Daily Star. 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  6. ^ "Govt, IGP both disregarded HC, rule of law". The Daily Star. 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  7. ^ "Writ Petition on Igp : HC bench feels embarrassed to continue hearing". The Daily Star. 2004-12-13. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  8. ^ "Shahudul removed : No protocol given to him on arrival from France; meeting with Babar denied; Ashraful Huda to continue as acting IGP". The Daily Star. 2004-12-14. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  9. ^ "IGP's Dismissal : HC issues rule on govt". The Daily Star. 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  10. ^ "President pardons Shahudul Haque". The Daily Star. 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  11. ^ "IGP and DMP commissioner get one-year fresh terms". The Daily Star. 2004-04-01. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  12. ^ "Interpol experts arrive today to help probe : 30-member bomb squad on cards". The Daily Star. 2004-08-29. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  13. ^ "Analysis: Bangladesh bombings". BBC News. 2004-08-25. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  14. ^ "IG says no foreign link to bomb blasts". The Daily Star. 2004-10-18. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  15. ^ "More Confusion over Grenade Attack". The Daily Star. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  16. ^ "The accused". The Daily Star. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  17. ^ "Ex-police, NSI bosses appeal for exclusion". The Daily Star. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  18. ^ "Bail petitions of 2 ex-IGPs rejected". The Daily Star. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  19. ^ "Tarique, Babar indicted". The Daily Star. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  20. ^ "Aug 21 Grenade Attack Cases: Trial completes after 14 years". The Daily Star. 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  21. ^ "6 former cops granted bail". The Daily Star. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  22. ^ "I took charge just 3 hours before incident". The Daily Star. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  23. ^ "Four accused including two ex-IGPs hear charges". The Daily Star. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  24. ^ "August 21 attack: 'State-backed crime' punished". The Daily Star. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2018-11-02.