Saturday, 18 June 2011

Courts crowded by bail seekers

Huge number of leaders and activists of opposition political parties, who faced cases before, during and after the recent 36-hour hartal (general strike), crowded the higher and lower courts for bail in the last two days, sources said.

The crowding somewhat hampered regular activities of the courts, lawyers said. Bail seekers included relatives of those who were jailed or imprisoned during the week.

Opposition BNP and its allies called the countrywide general strike from Sunday morning to Monday evening last demanding continuation of the Constitutional provisions of holding national elections under caretaker government system.

However, police arrested and filed cases against huge number of leaders and activists of the opposition parties before, during and after the strike. Some mobile courts also instantly jailed around 120 others, sources said.

President of pro-BNP lawyers' association Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia told The New Nation that our thousands of leaders and activists including detained ones came to the higher court seeking bail. "At least 200 leaders and activists secured bail from the High Court today (Wednesday) in around separate 8 cases field in Dhaka and elsewhere of the country," he added.

Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia, who is also a member of BNP standing committee said they would take legal steps soon for bail of the leaders and activists, who were sentenced to jail in different terms by the mobile courts during the general strike period.

Former president of Dhaka District Bar Association and BNP leader Advocate Sanaullah Mia said that at least 150 activists were granted bail from Dhaka court in 30 separate cases in the last two days. BNP senior leaders Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury and Maj (Retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed, who were arrested during the strike, also got bail from the lower court, Sanaullah Mia said, adding that they were released from the court following the bail order.
New Nation 

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