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Five BNP stalwarts get bail
SC order on bail of Fakhrul July 13
Published :Friday, 10 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13
Staff Correspondent
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered formation of a new medical board to examine the health of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and fixed July 13 for passing order on the government's petition against its High Court Division's order of granting him bail.
 The five-member board of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) will have to submit its report to the apex court by 3:00pm on July 12. The SC was scheduled to pass the order on his bail on Thursday. But it did not give any decision as the health reports of Fakhrul did not reach in time.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order.
The same bench, in another development, upheld the interim bail granted to BNP joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in four cases of violence. The SC gave 'no order' after hearing state petition for a stay on the High Court order of granting Rizvi bail.
Four other stalwarts of BNP including MK Anwar, Tariqul Islam, Abdul Awal Mintoo and Amanullah Aman got anticipatory bail from the HC Division on Thursday in 56 separate arson and vandalism cases.
The HC bench of Justice Syed Mohammad Ziaul Karim and Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain granted the bail for four weeks after the BNP leaders appeared before the bench with separate bail petitions.
BNP's standing committee members Anwar and Tariqul got bail in nine and four cases respectively while party chief Khaleda Zia's adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo obtained bail in one case and BNP's Joint Secretary General Amanullah Aman in 42 cases.
The SC has directed to form a five-member medical team, comprising two surgeons of vascular surgery, a respiratory medicine specialist, a medicine specialist and a cardiologist of BSMMU, to conduct Mirza Fakhrul's treatment and submit a report on his physical condition.
Fakhrul's lawyer Ragib Rouf Chowdhury said as there had been only cardiology reports found so far and the vascular surgery reports were yet to be received, the court again ordered that the BSMMU authorities submit the remaining reports after their preparation through a five-member medical board.
On June 28, the SC turned down the government's petition against an HC order of granting bail to Fakhrul.
The HC, on June 18, granted bail to Fakhrul in the three cases for violence. Two of the cases were filed with Paltan Police Station and  another with Motijheel Police Station.
On April 16, Mirza Fakhrul secured six months' bail from HC in another case filed with Paltan Police Station on January 4 for allegedly carrying out arson attack and vandalism.
On the same day, the court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned why Fakhrul should not be given bail in three other cases.
He was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital on June 13 following a HC order.

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