[Dhaka Correspondent] High Court Thursday granted BNP chairperson’s adviser ASM Hannan Shah interim bail for three weeks. Hannan was arrested on November 7 in for violating the Emergency Power Rules. The High Court bench of Justice Syed M Dostagir Hossain and Justice M Abdul Hafiz also issued a rule on the government to explain in two weeks why the case under the Emergency Powers Rules against Hannan Shah would not be quashed. The court passed the orders after hearing a petition filed by Hannan Shah.
Police SI Abdul Mabud on November 7 lodged the case with the Tejgaon police against Hannan and six of his party men for violating the Emergency Powers Rules by gathering people, chanting slogans and assaulting some leaders of the government-backed faction of BNP, including former army chief Mahbubur Rahman, at Ziaur Rahman’s grave during the observance of National Revolution and Solidarity Day.
Former jute minister Hannan, a retired brigadier general of Bangladesh army, was arrested from his house in DOHS Dhaka around midnight.
Earlier, on May 14, he was arrested in five extortion cases, but was granted bail on July 22 by High Court in all the cases. He was remanded in police custody for three days for interrogation after being produced before the court of chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka, which on November 12 sent him to jail after completion of the remand.
As instructed by Hannan, his counsel Mahbubuddin Khokon on November 20 filed the petition seeking bail. The counsel also appealed to quash the case. The counsels for Hannan argued that he had not committed any crime. Hannan was not present during the incident which took place at about 10.30 AM, but he was implicated in the case as he was successfully leading BNP with exemplary firmness after the arrest of the party chief, Khaleda Zia, on September 3.
Leaders of the government-backed faction of BNP, including standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, were assaulted and Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and ZA Khan were chased by pro-Khaleda activists near the grave in Zia Udyan in the morning of November 7.