A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman and nine others in a case filed over the death of Naimul Abrar Rahat, a ninth-grader of Dhaka Residential Model College.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order following their surrender and separate bail petitions.
Earlier in the day, the judge took cognisance of the charges against the 10 after scrutinising the case dockets and other relevant documents. He fixed October 13 for charge framing hearing.
The other accused include Kabir Bakul, head of event and activation of Kishor Alo; Shuvashish Pramanik Shuvo and Shah Paran Tushar, assistants at event and activation of Kishor Alo; and Mahitul Alam Pavel, senior assistant editor of Kishor Alo.
Earlier, Matiur Rahman and others received bail from the High Court and Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka on different dates.
On November 1 last year, Abrar was electrocuted during the anniversary programme of Prothom Alo's youth magazine Kishor Alo.
Mojibur Rahman, the victim's father, filed the case against Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and nine others with the Fourth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka on November 6 that year.
In the complaint, Mojibur said his son was electrocuted and became unconscious around 4:30pm that day, while attending the Kishor Alo programme.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Aminul Haque took cognizance of the charges and ordered the Mohammadpur Police Station OC to submit an investigation report.
On January 16 this year, Abdul Alim, an inspector of the police station, submitted the probe report to the court, saying that the charges brought against all the 10 accused were found to be true.
On September 20, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim ordered to transfer the case to the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court for trial.