2013 mayhem in Dhaka: BNP leader Aslam placed on one-day remand
A Dhaka court today placed BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury on a one-day remand in a case filed with Ramna Police Station over 2013 mayhem in Dhaka.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after Md Mahfuzul Haque Bhuiyan, inspector of Ramna Police Station and also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before it with a 10-day remand prayer.
Earlier in the day, Aslam was shown arrested in the case after the IO submitted a prayer even though his name was not included in first information report of the case.
In the remand prayer, the IO said Aslam was the instigator behind the carrying out the violence in the city's Paltan, Motijheel, Ramna and other places on May 5 of 2013. He needs to be remanded to gather information about the incident.
On the other hand, defence submitted a petition, saying that their client was not involved with the mayhem and he was implicated in it as part of a conspiracy to harass him.
Upon hearing both the sides, the magistrate turned down the defence pleas and placed him on a one-day remand.
On May 15, 2016 Aslam was picked up from the capital's Khilkhet area over an alleged plot with Israel to topple Bangladesh government. After 11 days, he was sued for the alleged sedition on May 26, 2016.
Known to be a trusted lieutenant of BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman, Chattogram-based businessman Aslam came in for severe criticism in 2016 after several photographs went viral in social media showing him with Israeli politician Mendi N Safadi, also chief of Safadi Center for International Diplomacy and Public Relations.
After his arrest, Aslam Chowdhury has been shown arrested in more than 100 cases and secured bail in all the cases from the High Court on grounds that he has long been languishing in jail.
On May 30, the HC granted Aslam ad-interim bail in two separate criminal cases, clearing the way for him to walk out of jail.
But the Supreme Court on June 6 stayed the HC's orders in the cases.