A Dhaka court on Monday deferred until June 3 the charge-framing hearing against 41 opposition men, including BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed, in a case filed over March 6 city violence.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan of the Speedy Trial Court-6 passed the order following time petitions filed by three BNP leaders.
An ad published in a vernacular daily asking the fugitive accused in the case to surrender was also submitted before the court today.
The other accused include BNP leaders Mirza Abbas, Amanullah Aman, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie and Barkatullah Bulu, and Jubo Dal president Moazzem Hossain Alal.
Bulu, Annie, Gayeshawar and BNP activist Ruhul Amin turned up to the court on Monday while Alal was on High Court bail.
However, lawyers of Moudud, Mirza Abbas and Alal filed separate time petitions citing various reasons.
After hearing, the court granted the time petitions and fixed June 3 for hearing charge-framing against the opposition leaders and activists.
On April 16, the same court took cognisance of the charges against the opposition men. The court also issued a warrant for the arrest of 34 absconding accused.
On March 23, police submitted the charge sheet to the court against the 41 leaders and activists of the opposition alliance in this connection.
Police filed the case against 44 opposition leaders and activists for torching vehicles and creating panic among people in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on March 6.
The names of three opposition activists were dropped from the charge sheet as their involvement was not proved during the investigation.
Source: UNB Connect