The government yesterday filed two petitions seeking stay on the High Court order that asked Awami League MP from Gaibandha-1, Manjurul Islam Liton to surrender before trial court by October 18 in two cases, one filed for shooting a minor boy and the other for looting and vandalising.
The chamber judge of the Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed Wednesday (today) for hearing on the government pleas.
The chamber court fixed the date while the attorney general Mahbubey Alam placed the petitions before the chamber court for hearing, the counsel for Liton filed a time petition to adjourn the hearing for some days. Later, the chamber judge fixed Wednesday for hearing on the government’s petitions, Alam said.
The chief state counsel Mahbubey Alam filed the petitions with the Supreme Court to expedite the arrest of Liton in connection with the minor-boy shooting case as there was a confusion prevailing following the HC order.
A HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Bismadeb Chakrabortty on Monday rejected two bail petitions of Liton and directed him to surrender before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Gaibandha by October 18.
Later, Advocate Moksadul Islam, counsel for Liton, told reporters that the police could not arrest his client before October 18. If law enforcers will arrest him (Liton) before October 18, he could not comply with the HC order, Islam added.
However, Mahbubey Alam said he would file an appeal against the HC order before the apex court on Tuesday, as confusion has arisen on whether the police could arrest Liton before October 18 following the HC order. “I will file an appeal with the apex court on Tuesday so that the police can arrest Liton instantly,” Alam added.
On October 2, Liton, also the Sundarganj upazila unit Awami League president, shot Shahadat Hossain Sourav, son of Saju Mia of Gopalcharan village in Sundarganj, on the Bamandanga-Sundarganj road, around 6:am. Shahadat was injured after being hit by two bullets—one on the left leg and the other on the right—when Liton, allegedly drunk, opened fire.
On October 3, Saju Mia filed a case with Sundarganj police station against Liton. Since then, Liton has been on the run. After the shootout, Liton’s family surrendered two of his firearms to the police. The authorities later cancelled the permits for those firearms.
Liton is also accused of looting and vandalism in another case. Hafizar Rahman, a resident of Shahabaz village in Sundarganj upazila, filed the case against Liton and nine others on October 7.