Fakhrul gets HC bail in 5 cases

The High Court on Sunday granted six months’ bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in five cases filed over March 2 violence in the city.An HC bench comprising Justice M Rezaul Haque and Gobinda Chandra Tagore passed the order as the Chief Justice sent the bail petitions of the BNP leader to the bench after a judge of another bench felt embarrassed to hear those.
On April 28, Justice M Zakir Hossain, junior judge of a two-judge HC bench led by Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui, declined to hear the bail petitions of Fakhrul after his counsels filed those with the bench. As per the law, the petitions were sent to the Chief Justice who sent those to the bench of Justice Rezaul Haque and Gobinda Chandra Tagore.
Barrister Moudud Ahmed appeared for Fakhrul while additional attorney general Momtaz Uddin Fakir represented the state.
Police filed the cases against over 1,000 BNP men, including 38 central leaders, on charges of attacking policemen, vandalising and torching vehicles in the city’s Malibagh, Mouchak and Siddheswari areas on March 2.
BNP Standing Committee members Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, vice-chairman Abdullah Al Mamun and joint secretary general Amanullah Aman are among the accused apart from Fakhrul.
On April 7, three Dhaka courts sent 10 BNP leaders, including Fakhrul, to jail rejecting their bail petitions.
On April 21, Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court of Dhaka granted bail to three BNP MPs but denied that to its top seven leaders, including Fakhrul, in the cases. UNB

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