Sikder Group Managing Director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder have sought permission from the Supreme Court to challenge a High Court order that fined them for seeking anticipatory bail from abroad.
They sought anticipatory bail in a case filed against them over allegations of abducting, torturing and opening fire at two top Exim Bank officials over a loan permission.
Ron Haque Sikder and Dipu Haque Sikder, currently in Thailand, yesterday filed a petition virtually with the Appellate Division of the SC through their lawyers, seeking permission to move an appeal before the apex court against the HC order.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman sent the petition to its full bench to hear the matter on August 9, Advocate Muhammad Saifullah Mamun, a lawyer for the petitioners, told The Daily Star last night.
He said that his clients sought permission from the SC to file a petition challenging the HC fine, the written order of which is yet to be released.
Deputy Attorney General Bishwajit Debnath told this newspaper that if the full bench of the apex court gives permission to Ron Haque Sikder and Dipu Haque Sikder on August 9, they can move an appeal before it against the HC order.
Barrister Ajmalul Hossain QC appeared for the petitioners while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during yesterday's virtual court proceedings.
On July 20, the HC ordered Ron Haque Sikder and Dipu Haque Sikder to give 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) each as fine to the Prime Minister's Relief and Welfare Fund in two weeks, and file a report with the Supreme Court registrar general's office after submitting the PPEs to the fund.
The two brothers had jointly filed the anticipatory bail petition on July 2 through Advocate Saifullah.
Exim Bank Director Lt Col (retired) Sirajul Islam had lodged the case with the capital's Gulshan Police Station on May 19 against Ron and Dipu for allegedly torturing two top officials of the bank and opening fire at them over a Tk 500 crore loan.
The two accused reportedly left the country by air on May 25.