The High Court yesterday stayed trial proceedings of seven vandalism and arson cases against BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed, also a former minister.
The cases was filed with Ramna, Paltan and Shahjahanpur Police Stations on charges of vandalising vehicles and setting fire to them during the countrywide agitations enforced by BNP-led alliance in 2013.
The HC also issued seven rules asking the government to explain why the trial proceedings should not be scrapped.
The bench of Justice Miftah Uddin Choudhury and Justice Zafar Ahmed came up with the orders and rules after hearing seven petitions filed by Moudud, also a former BNP minister.
Barrister Moudud argued for himself.
Deputy Attorney General Shaikh AKM Moniruzzaman Kabir told The Daily Star that the government will move separate appeals before the Supreme Court against the HC orders.
Meanwhile, the same HC bench yesterday stayed the trial proceedings of a vandalism case filed in 2015 against BNP leader and Supreme Court Bar Association Secretary Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon.
It also issued a rule to this effect.