The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday refused to grant bail to Abu Naser Chowdhury, a convict in the Commodore Ghulam Rabbani murder case.
The apex court, however, ordered the authorities concerned of Chattogram jail to admit him to Chattogram Medical College Hospital for his treatment, if it is necessary, and to send him back to the jail after completion of treatment.
A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the order after hearing a petition filed by Chowdhury seeking bail on health ground.
Lawyer Nozrul Islam Chowdhury appeared for him while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin represented the state.
Ghulam Rabbani, a former Korean Export Processing Zone managing director and a former aide-de-camp of Bangabandhu, was shot in the throat by criminals at Muradpur in Chattogram on his way to the KEPZ on April 11, 2004.
Thirteen days later, Rabbani, who also had been a vital prosecution witness in both the Bangabandhu murder and the jail killing cases, succumbed to his injuries at Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok.
Rabbani was reportedly killed following a conflict between him and a few of his colleagues at the KEPZ over his appointment as its MD, and termination of two employees of the KEPZ before and after his appointment.
Abu Naser and one Md Selim, two convicts of the case, were sent to jail on their surrender before a Chattogram court on December 15, 2016.