SC upholds HC bail to Fakhrul in 3 violence cases

SC upholds HC bail to Fakhrul in 3 violence cases

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday upheld the High Court (HC) order that granted bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in three violence cases for six weeks.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order considering the necessity of Fakhrul’s advanced treatment abroad.The SC came up with the order after receiving a report from a five-member medical team, comprising two surgeons of vascular surgery, a respiratory medicine specialist, a medicine specialist and a cardiologist, formed by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU) authorities on the health condition of the BNP leader.
The bench also asked Fakhrul to surrender before a lower court after six weeks.
Mirza Fakhrul’s lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain told the reporters that the bench stayed the HC order on his client’s bail in the cases for six weeks.
The lawyer also said that there is no legal bar to his client’s release from jail following his bail in all the cases, including the three related to valance.
Based on the findings of a health report of Fakhrul, which the five-member medical team submitted at 3pm on Sunday (July 12), the court gave the order upholding the BNP leader’s HC bail, said state lawyers.
Earlier on July 9, the court directed the BSMMU authorities to form a five-member medical board to conduct Mirza Fakhrul’s treatment and submit a report on his physical condition by 3:00 pm on July 12.
It also fixed today (July 13) for passing order on the government’s petition against a High Court order granting bail to Fakhrul in the cases.
Earlier on June 18, the High Court granted bail to the BNP leader in the three cases for violence.
Two of the cases were filed with Paltan Police Station while another with Motijheel Police Station.
On April 16, Mirza Fakhrul secured six months’ bail from HC in another case filed with Paltan Police Station on January 4 for allegedly carrying out arson attack and vandalism.
On the same day, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why Fakhrul should not be given bail in three other cases.
He was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on June 13 following a HC order.
On January 6, plainclothes police picked up Fakhrul as he came out of the Jatiya Press Club after nearly 25 hours of stay there following BNP’s announcement to observe January-5 as ‘Democracy Killing Day’, protesting the 10th parliamentary polls held on the day.- UNB

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