Erfan Salim, son of Awami League lawmaker Haji Md Salim, yesterday filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to vacate its stay order on his High Court bail in a case filed over attacking a navy officer in October last year.
Erfan, now in a Kashimpur jail, submitted the petition through his lawyers -- Abdul Baset Majumder and Sayed Ahmed Raza -- to the Appellate Division, along with the certified copy of the HC verdict that granted him bail in the case.
Citing the petition, Erfan's lawyer Sayed Ahmed told The Daily Star that his client has been in jail for five months and 11 days although the maximum punishment of the charge, for which he has been arrested, is six months' imprisonment.
Erfan's mother has died in November last year and his father, who has been infected with Covid-19, is receiving treatment at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka and therefore, the Appellate Division's stay order on his HC bail needs to be vacated for his release from jail, the lawyer said.
After a brief hearing yesterday, chamber judge of the apex court Justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed tomorrow for holding hearing on the petition.
Following a stay petition filed by the state, the apex court chamber judge on March 28 stayed for four weeks the HC verdict that granted bail to Erfan in the case.
Lt Wasif Ahmed Khan of Bangladesh Navy filed the case with Dhanmondi Police Station on October 25, against Erfan (37), and three others -- AB Siddique Dipu (45), Md Zahid (35) and Md Mizanur Rahman (30) -- for attacking him.
A team of Rab conducted a drive at Erfan's house in Old Dhaka and arrested him the same day.