The High Court on Thursday extended bail for six months to BNP leader Tarique Rahman in an extortion case filed during the regime of military-backed caretaker government.
The HC also extended its order that had stayed the proceedings of the case against Tarique, senior vice-chairman of the main opposition BNP and son of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, is now in London for treatment.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Rezowan Ali and Justice SH Md Nurul Huda Jaigirdar passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Tarique’s lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon on November 28 seeking extension of the HC’s earlier order of bail and stay.
Mir Zahir Hossain, managing director of Mir Akhter Hossain Ltd, filed an extortion case with Dhanmondi Police Station on April 1, 2007 accusing Tarique’s business partner Gias Uddin Al Mamun and six others of extorting Tk 53 lakh from him in 2004. Tarique was shown arrested in the case on April 23 the same year.
In August, 2008, the HC granted bail to Tarique in this case and stayed the proceedings of the case, and later on extended the order of bail and stay at different times.
Mahbub Uddin Khokon told The Daily Star that Tarique Rahman, who is accused of total 14 criminal cases, is on bail in 10 cases and the rest four are running at the trial courts concerned.
Source: The Daily Star