A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail pleas of five BNP leaders including Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar and Rafiqul Islam Mia in three cases while another court granted bail to former BNP lawmaker Shammi Akhter in an arson case.
Two other leaders, whose bail petitions were rejected, are BNP chief Khaleda Zia's special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas and her adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain.
Moudud, Anwar, Rafiqul and Biswas are accused in two cases filed in connection with Hefajat-e Islam's violence on May 5 while Mahbub in an “attempted murder” case.
Of the two cases filed against four BNP leaders, one was for the killing of sub-inspector Md Shahjahan during a clash between police and Hefajat men in Motijheel on May 5.
The other case was lodged in connection with assaulting police and preventing them from discharging their duties.
Judge Md Zahirul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after their lawyers submitted separate bail petitions challenging the rejection orders from a lower court in two out of the three cases on January 9.
Moudud, Anwar, Rafiqul and Biswas were shown arrested in the cases on January 6.
Moudud, Anwar and Rafiqul were detained in front of the Hotel Sonargaon in the capital on November 8, while Biswas near Khaleda Zia's Gulshan residence on November 9 last year.
KHANDKER MAHBUB HOSSAIN
On January 8, Metropolitan Magistrate Aminul Haque placed Mahbub on a two-day remand in connection with a bomb blast case.
Police filed the case on January 5 after miscreants hurled several crude bombs at the New Circular Road office of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Ramna).
On January 9, another HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Ullah stayed the remand order and issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be declared illegal.
On Tuesday, the HC declared illegal the remand of Mahbub.
Detectives picked up Mahbub, also vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, on January 7 when he came out of the capital's Jatiya Press Club after a programme where he denounced the January 5 election.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haque granted bail to Shammi Akhter after her lawyer submitted a bail petition in an arson case.
On January 5 last year, police filed the case with Banani Police Station for her alleged role in vandalising and torching vehicles, assaulting police and preventing them from discharging their duties in front of Titumir College.
On December 25, law enforcers detained the BNP leader when she was about to enter Khaleda Zia's Gulshan residence.
A Chittagong court yesterday rejected bail prayers of seven BNP leaders, including BNP chairperson's adviser Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and its central organising secretary Golam Akbar Khandakar.
Judge Abdur Rashid of the Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after they were produced before the court.
Akbar and Nasir were shown arrested in a case filed with Chawkbazar Police Station in connection with vandalism and arson attack on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw and its passengers in VIP Tower area on November 27.
On November 28, Akbar was arrested along with five other BNP activists from the city's Kazir Dewri area while he was leading a procession in support of BNP-led 18-party alliance's blockade.
Nasir was held from Shah Amanat International Airport that evening in connection with two arson cases.
BNP Joint Secretary General AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon and former lawmaker Sarder Sakhawat Hossain Bakul were freed from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur yesterday morning, reports our correspondent there.
Khokon was released two days after the High Court granted him a six-month bail in three separate cases. He was arrested on December 26 in front of Matsya Bhaban in the capital.
Bakul was released from jail after a High Court bench on Sunday directed the government not to harass or show him arrested in any other cases "without due process of law".
Law enforcers detained Bakul on December 25 when he was entering BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan home.