The High Court yesterday asked the government not to harass or arrest eight BNP leaders, including its acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, until it hears their anticipatory bail petitions in five cases.
The cases were filed accusing the eight and 31 other BNP leaders and activists of vandalism and exploding bomb in the capital during the party's March 2 demonstrations.
The eight submitted the petitions to the HC yesterday morning, apprehending that law enforcers might arrest them before the petitions are heard.
The HC bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain also fixed today for hearing the petitions.
The remaining of the eight are BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, and leaders Mirza Abbas, Abdullah Al Noman, Aman Ullah Aman, Borkat Ullah Bulu and Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Anee.
Of the cases, police filed two each with Ramna and Paltan and one with Shajahanpur police stations, Barrister AKM Ehsanur Rahman, a lawyer for the leaders, told The Daily Star.
The eight leaders filed five petitions for each of the cases, he said.