The High Court on Tuesday (July 19) extended for six months bail to BNP leader Tarique Rahman in three criminal cases filed during the military-backed caretaker government regime.
Of the three cases, two were filed on charges of extorting money from a construction company while the other for tax evasion.
On August 27, 2008, the HC first granted ad interim bail to Tarique, senior vice chairman of BNP who is now in London for treatment, for six months. It also issued separate rules upon the government to explain why Tarique should not be granted regular bail in the cases.
A division bench comprising Justice Siddiqur Rahman Miah and Justice Naima Haider extended his bail in the cases following three separate prayers moved by Tarique’s counsel Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon.
Khokon told The Daily Star that the HC extended bail to his client as the rules issued by the court are now pending, and the orders of bail have expired.
The HC earlier extended the bail for several times, he said.
Khokon said Tarique, who is accused in total 13 criminal cases, is now on bail in 11 cases. A Dhaka court recently issued arrest warrant against him in two cases filed in connection with the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally.
The proceedings of all other 11 cases against Tarique have been stayed by the HC orders, he also said.
Deputy Attorney General Zahid Sarwar Kajal represented the government.