A virtual court in Dhaka today granted bail to Mosaddek Hanif Swad, who owns Moyur-2 launch that hit and sank another vessel at Buriganga River and killed 34 passengers on June 29.
Judge Shawkot Hossain Chowdhury of District and Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after his lawyer submitted a criminal appeal through an email against the rejection order of the lower court.
During today's hearing, Swad's lawyer said his client was not on the launch when the accident took place. Moreover, his client has been in jail custody since July 9. So, his client should be granted bail, the lawyer added.
The prosecution, however, opposed the defence pleas saying that the accused, as an owner of the launch, could not avoid the responsibility of the accident. So his bail should be rejected, the prosecution added.
After hearing both sides, the judge granted bail to Swad upon a bond of Tk 20,000 with two guarantors.
On July 12, Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahjadi Tahmida rejected Swad's bail petition and sent him to jail after Sub-Inspector Md Shahidul Alam of River Police, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before her court on completion of a three-day remand in the case.
On July 9, a team of River Police arrested Swad from a house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Two accused, including the master of the launch, gave confessional statements narrating their involvement inhitting another launch--Morning Bird--and killing 34 people.
Police have so far arrested all the FIR-named accused and a suspected one for their alleged involvement with the launch capsize.
The dayfollowing the accident, Shamsul Alam, a sub-inspector of Sadarghat River Police Station, filed the case with Keraniganj Dakshin Police Station against seven people, including the owner of Moyur-2-launch.