AL leader Haji Selim, 20 others get bail
Former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and 20 others yesterday got bail in a case filed for assaulting police and preventing them from discharging duties in March 2004.
Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury passed the order after Selim and the others surrendered to the court and sought bail in the case.
The accused appeared before the court a day after it issued arrest warrants against them, as they were absent from the court on eight hearing dates since January 3 last year.
According to the prosecution, a group of AL leaders and activists clashed with police during a procession in the city's Chakbazar on March 23, 2004. The demonstrators pelted police with brick chips and prevented them from discharging their duties.
Following the incident, Sub-inspector Khorshed Alam filed a case against Selim and the others with Lalbagh Police Station.
The four-party alliance government filed over 137 criminal cases against Selim but the present government withdrew over 80 cases considering those "politically motivated", sources said.
Selim was earlier sentenced to 13 years rigorous imprisonment in absentia for acquiring wealth illegally and concealing wealth statement from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the caretaker government tenure.
On May 20, 2009, he was sent to jail after his surrender before the court, which gave him punishment. But he got released from jail after getting bail from the High Court.