The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on October 26 upheld a High Court order that earlier granted bail to detained Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman in a case filed for obstructing police to discharge their duties.
The three-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque passed the order rejecting a government appeal.
On June 2 this year, police filed the case against Mahmudur Rahman with Tejgaon Police Station on charge of obstructing police the previous night while they were moving to shut down the Bengali daily newspaper and arrest him.
A bench of the HC division on June 12 granted bail to Mahmudur for six months in the case upon a bail petition filed by him.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam later appealed with the Appellate Division seeking stay on the HC order.
The Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division on July 18 stayed the HC order and sent the government appeal to the Appellate Division for hearing.
After hearing on the government appeal, the Appellate Division yesterday vacated the Chamber Judge's stay order and upheld the HC order granting Mahmudur's bail.
Barrister Rafique-ul Huq and AJ Mohammad Ali appeared in the court for Mahmudur Rahman.
Mahmudur Rahman, now in jail, serving six months of conviction in contempt of court case has been facing more than 50 cases filed in different districts.