Charge framing against Ilyas Ali deffered
A Sylhet court yesterday deferred charge framing against district BNP chief and former lawmaker M Ilyas Ali and 47 others in ballot paper snatching case.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Enayet Kabir Sarker fixed July 7 for framing charges against the accused following a petition by the defence counsel, seeking extension of time, court sources said.
Ilyas Ali and 47 other BNP men were sued on charge of snatching two ballot papers with seal on the 'sheaf of paddy' from government officials on the day of last parliamentary election on December 29.
Police filed the case on December 30 as Ilyas Ali and others showed the ballot papers to the people present at a press conference at Sylhet Press Club the same day. At the conference, the BNP men claimed that they found the abandoned ballot papers in a paddy field behind Ashuganj Government Primary School in Biswanath upazila.
The accused appeared before the High court and got ad inerim bail. As the accused sought extension of bail on April 28 last year, the HC bench comprising Justice Md Abdul Wahab Miah and Justice Marjiul Haque asked them (accused) to appear before the court concerned in eight weeks.
Accordingly, Ilyas and 47 others appeared before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court on June 22 and got ad interim bail. The Chief Judicial Magistrate then referred the case to the Court of Senior Judicial magistrate-1.