The High Court on Monday ordered the police to continue their regular operation to trace missing BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed and submit their progress report to the Home Ministry over the next six months.
An HC bench comprising Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore passed the order after disposing of a petition filed by Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed on the day.
Barrister Khandaker Mahbub Hossain appeared for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Bashir Ullah stood for the state.
Responding to a writ petition filed by Salahuddin’s wife, the High Court on March 12 issued a rule which had been returnable by March 15.
In her petition, Hasina Ahmed said the law enforcers picked Salahuddin up from a house at Uttara Sector-3 around 10:15pm on March 10.
In compliance with the HC order, police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Special Branch submitted separate reports on March 15 stating that the BNP leader was not under their custody and they had been trying to trace him.
The court later adjourned the hearing until April 8.
On April 9, the High Court fixed April 15 for delivering order on the writ petition. The HC, on April 15, deferred the judgement delivery date to April 20 responding to a time petition filed by the petitioner.
Salahuddin had been issuing statements, including those over hartal announcements, on behalf of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, since the arrest of another BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi from his hideout at a Baridhara house in early February. – UNB