Fakhrul’s bail plea: HC judge embarrassed

A High Court judge on Sunday felt embarrassed to hear the bail petitions of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in five cases filed in connection with March 2 violence in the city. 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 the BNP leader after his counsels filed those with the bench.
Later, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the judge felt embarrassed as one of the lawyers of the petitioner made a rude remark about him in a talk-show.
As per the law, the petitions will be sent to the Chief Justice who constitutes another bench to hear those.
Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and AJ Mohammad Ali stood for Fakhrul.
Police filed the cases against over 1,000 BNP men, including 38 central leaders, on charges of attacking cops, 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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