Twenty-five pro-BNP lawyers charged with vandalism of the metropolitan sessions and district judges' courts last month were granted bail until June 19 after they surrendered before a Dhaka court yesterday.
First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Shahidul Islam Faruque granted them bail upon a bond of Tk 10,000 with two guarantors.
The bail petitions for 22 lawyers including Dhaka Bar Association President Mohammad Borhanuddin were submitted last Thursday while bail petitions for Kamal Hossain, Simki Imam and Shamima Akhter Shammi were filed yesterday.
On May 22, members of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, a platform of pro-BNP lawyers, boycotted all the judges' and magistrates' courts in the capital and vandalised the courts, protesting a court order sending BNP lawmaker Mahbub Uddin Khokon to jail in an arson case
Two days later, the lawyers got bail from the High Court until June 3.
Abidul Islam, a sub-inspector at Kotwali Police Station, also the investigation officer of the case, placed the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Dhaka on Thursday.
The charge sheet submitted under the Speedy Trial Act would allow the judge 30 working days to complete the trial. However, if some of the accused abscond, then the trial may take up to 60 working days, according to the law.
THE 25 LAWYERS
Mohammad Borhanuddin, Sanaullah Miah, Mohsin Miah, Golam Mostafa Khan, Khorshed Alam, Iqbal Ahmed, Masud Ahmed Talukder, Helal Uddin, Omar Faruque, Abdul Nur Bhuiyan, Abdul Khaleque Milon, Jamal Ahmed Dulon, Mohammad Nuruzzaman, Masud Rana, Monir, Jibon, Jakob, Didar (1), Didar (2), Ershadul Haque, Fardin, Mahmudur Rahman Romel, Kamal Hossain, Simki Imam and Shamima Akhter Shammi.