The High Court yesterday directed the government not to show detained BNP leaders Abdul Awal Mintoo and AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon arrested in any case “without the due process of law”.
It means that police cannot implicate or show them arrested in any more case if their names are not in the first information report (FIR) of the case and if there is no specific allegation or arrest order against them, their lawyer, AKM Ehsanur Rahman, told The Daily Star.
He said police had already shown Mintoo, an adviser to the BNP chairperson, arrested in five cases, and Khokon, joint secretary general of the BNP, in three cases although their names were not in the FIRs.
The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Habibul Gani passed the orders after hearing two separate petitions filed on behalf of the detained BNP leaders.
Mintoo's wife Nasrin Awal and Khokon's wife Aktar-un Nesa filed the petitions recently with the HC seeking the directives on the government.
Mintoo was picked up on November 9 and Khokon on December 26 last year.
Barrister Rafique-Ul Huq appeared for the petitioners.