Hc gives split decision on Mirza Abbas bail plea

Hc gives split decision on Mirza Abbas bail plea

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The High Court on Wednesday gave a split decision on the bail petitions of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka south city Mirza Abbas in two violence cases.
Senior judge of the bench, Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique, granted bail for three weeks while the other judge, Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore, rejected his bail petitions and asked him to surrender before the lower court at once.The matter would now be sent to the Chief Justice to assign a High Court judge for disposal of the split order.
The court also said police cannot arrest Mirza Abbas in the two cases – one of which filed with Motijheel police station on January 4 and another with Paltan police station on December 28, 2014 – until the split order was disposed of by the third judge.
The court, however, refused to hear another petition Abbas filed seeking bail in a corruption case and said that it had no jurisdiction to hear the bail petition in corruption cases.
A warrant was pending against Abbasin the corruption case.
Abbas surrendered to the High Court on April 13 seeking bail in the three cases and it was his first appearance in public since January when the BNP-led alliance began non-stop blockade of transports.
Because of the cases filed against him Abbas has not turned up before the returning officer to collect or submit his nominations. His wife has been campaigning for him in the city elections slated for April 28.

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