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Fakhrul jailed
Court Correspondent
Published :Wednesday, 4 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 32
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was sent to jail by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka after he surrendered before it over three arson and vandalism cases of Paltan Police Station.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain turned down his bail prayer on Tuesday.
As per Monday's directive of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) Fakhrul surrendered before CMM court on Tuesday afternoon and sought bail in the cases.
 A large number of pro-BNP lawyers led by Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, Advocate Zainul Abedin, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukdar moved Fakhrul's bail prayers.
The defence lawyers terming him innocent told the court that the government filed a total 89  criminal cases against him with a view to halt the anti government  movement.
 On the other hand the Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu and Additional Public Prosecutor Tapos Kumar Pal and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Prosecution Mirash Uddin branding him accused in the cases and they said he had implication in the cases. They strongly opposed his bail prayer.
At the ending of the hearing the judge said, "His hand were tied by law, there is no scope to consider the bail prayer at this stage."
The court however directed the jail authority  to consider his physical condition and provide him with proper treatment.
Disappointed with the court's order, pro-BNP lawyers instantly brought out a procession at the CMM court premises.
The HC on June 21 granted ad interim bail to the BNP leader in the cases following three bail petitions filed by Fakhrul, and also issued three separate rules upon the government to explain as to why he should not be granted regular bail in the cases filed with Paltan Police Station in the capital on January 4 and 6.
On July 13, the SC granted a six-week bail to the BNP leader on medical grounds, clearing the way for his release from jail. The apex court also directed him to surrender before a lower court concerned after the six weeks.
On August 31, the SC extended the bail order for six weeks more. On October 6, it further extended till Monday  its bail order for Fakhrul on medical grounds in the cases.
Fakhrul, who stands accused in 89 cases, got bail from the HC and lower courts in other similar cases.
Fakhrul landed in jail through court's order for the second time this year on Tuesday.

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