The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 144 BNP leaders and activists including its joint secretary general Habib-Un Nabi Khan Sohel in six separate cases filed in Dhaka and Rajshahi on charges of obstructing police in discharging their duties.
The HC bench of Justice Md Habibul Gani and Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan came up with the orders after a hearing on 23 separate bail petitions filed by the accused leaders and workers.
The HC asked 74 accused of three cases filed with Shahbagh and Ramna police stations in Dhaka to surrender before a trial court by March 21 in connection with the cases filed against them.
Seventy other BNP men, who were granted bail in three cases filed with Charghat, Bagha and Puthia police stations, have been asked to surrender to lower court concerned by this time, said their lawyer Gazi Kamrul Islam Sajal. He said three separate cases have been filed with Shahbagh and Ramna police stations on charge of preventing police from discharging duties on February 13 and three cases with police stations of Rajshahi on February 15.