The High Court today rejected bail petitions of Tazreen Fashions’ owner Delwar Hossain and its Chairperson Mahmuda Akhter in a case filed over a deadly fire at the factory in November 2012, which killed 112 workers.
The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the orders, considering that their petitions were not placed before it as a state counsel vehemently opposed the petitions.
During hearing, Assistant Attorney General M Masud Alam Chowdhury told the HC that a Dhaka court on March 20 cancelled the bail of Mahmuda and asked her to surrender in 15 days before the lower court that granted her bail in the case in February.
But, since she did not surrender before the lower court, so she cannot be granted bail, he said.
The assistant attorney general also said Delwar too should not be granted bail since he cannot avoid the responsibility of the incident of killing people in the deadly fire in the factory.
AAG Masud told The Daily Star that Mahmuda recently filed a petition with the HC seeking stay on the Dhaka order that cancelled her bail, and Delwar, who is now in jail, has filed a separate petition with the HC seeking bail in the same case.
Advocate Habibul Islam Bhuiyan appeared for Delwar and Mahmuda.
On February 9, Mahmuda and her husband Delwar, also managing director of Tazreen, appeared before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Tajul Islam. Tajul ordered to send them to jail.
The next day, Chief Judicial Magistrate Md Ismail Hossain granted one-month bail to Mahmuda on health grounds but denied bail to Delwar.
On March 20, Judge Md Abdul Majid of the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge’s Court cancelled the bail of Mahmuda and asked her to surrender in 15 days before the lower court that granted her bail.
Police in December last year pressed homicide charges against 13 people, including Delwar and Mahmuda.
The couple also faces charges of negligence that led to so many casualties in the blaze.