Fakhrul, Abbas can’t walk out of jail until Sunday
PBC NEWS DESK: Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim has declined to stay High Court order granting bail to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Mirza Abbas in a case filed over the clash between police and the party activists at Naya Paltan on December 7 last.
However, Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim passed an order, saying that an Appellate Division bench on January 8 (Sunday) will hear the state’s petition challenging the High Court order granting bail to Mirza Fakhrul and Mirza Abbas.
The Chamber Judge also directed the lawyers of the two BNP leaders not to submit their bail bonds before the lower court till January 8 in the case.Additional Attorney General Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury said the order of the Chamber Judge indicates that both Mirza Fakhrul and Mirza Abbas cannot walk out of jail until Sunday.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim referred the state’s petition to a full bench of the Appeallate Division for holding a hearing on it.During the hearing on the petition, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin appeared for the state, while senior lawyers Zainul Abedin placed arguments on behalf of his clients Mirza Fakhrul and Mirza before the court.
Barrister Ruhul Kuddus, another counsel of the two BNP leaders, said the decision about their bail will be known on Sunday as a full-bench of the Appellate Division will hear the petition.
Earlier, in the day, a petition was filed with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking stay on the High Court order granting bail to the two BNP leaders in the case.
Additional Attorney General SM Munir said the government filed the petition with the Appellate Division bench concerned on Wednesday morning.On Tuesday, the High Court granted six months’ bail to Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Mirza Abbas, in the case.The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the two BNP leaders should not be granted permanent bail.