Vol. 5 Num 990 Wed. March 14, 2007  
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Tarique's humble days begin in jail

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, who is used to a posh lifestyle, passed his first day in jail hospital very ordinarily.

He was sent to Dhaka Central Jail on Monday night from where he was shifted to the jail hospital for treatment.

"The civil surgeon of the jail hospital will visit Tarique today and then the next course of steps regarding his treatment will be taken," Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Shamsul Haider Siddique told The Daily Star yesterday.

Sources said a medical team, led by the civil surgeon of the jail hospital, will examine his heath condition and as per their suggestion it will be decided whether Tarique will be in the hospital or in the cell with other general inmates.

Tarique had two pieces of bread with vegetables for his breakfast yesterday. He was served with a piece of Pangas fish at lunch with rice and pulses. Sources said the menu for the dinner was the same.

Meanwhile, Tarique's remand for interrogation in an extortion case has been challenged in the High Court.

Azizur Rahman Dulu, a lawyer of the Supreme Court, yesterday filed a writ petition challenging the legality of the remand, granted by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, on March 8, according to the UNB.

The writ petition is likely to be moved before a regular High Court division bench on Sunday (Mar 18), court sources said.

The law enforcers secured a four-day remand for interrogation in an extortion case when Tarique, senior joint-secretary general of BNP, was produced in the CMM's Court on March 8. He was arrested on March 7 midnight from his mother's cantonment residence.

The home secretary, the inspector general of police (IGP), the DMP commissioner, the officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station and the investigation officer (IO) of the case have been made respondents.

When contacted, a senior counsel for the BNP told the news agency that they knew nothing about the move.

Tarique's wife Zobaida Rahman, his younger brother Arafat Rahman and another person met him at the deputy jail superintendent's office at 5:45pm. They were there for 20 minutes, jail sources said.