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Govt cautioned

HC asks it not to harass Fakhrul

The High Court yesterday directed the government not to harass BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for next two months by implicating him in cases "without the due process of law".

In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the government, seeking an explanation in two weeks as to why it should not be directed to desist from detaining the opposition leader in any more cases having no congnisable offences against him.

An HC bench of Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain fixed February 14 for hearing the rule.

Because of the HC order, the government cannot now show Fakhrul arrested without any specific allegation against him or evidence of offences committed by him, Mahbubuddin Khokon, a lawyer of Fakhrul, told The Daily Star.

The BNP leader filed the writ petition on January 20, saying that whenever he had secured bail in one case, he was shown arrested in another case even if he had no involvement in the offences mentioned and his name was not on the list of the accused.

Earlier in the day, a Dhaka court sent him back to jail for the fourth time after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed by Paltan police on charges of damaging vehicles and blasting cocktails in front of Nightingale restaurant in the capital's Bijoynagar during a roadblock enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance on December 9 last year.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Shahidul Islam Faruque also rejected a remand prayer filed by police in the case.

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The honourable and learned judges of the Apex Court deserve all appreciation from the nation for delivering most creditable and judicious judgements. The way the senior leader of the main opposition party was being harassed by the lower courts it was deeply hurting one and all and we feel distressed. Any lay man could feel that the police are behaving senselessly under directives of the administration. It is for the judiciary in a democratic set up to uphold the rule of law and take the police to task for breach of normal code of penal codes and victimise the opposition political leaders. If police is made to behave in such unethical manners against the respected politicians then they will lose all respect for the politicians as a whole. The ruling party should not forget this as one day they may have to face the same treatment. Let democracy survive.

: Elihan, UK

My gut feeling or tenet is that every human being and animal should always remain free-- like the way all living being are free in a natural forest. But to live in a modern civilized society we must follow certain rules and regulations. We cannot just get angry and start breaking or burning other people’s vehicles and create anarchy, violence and bloodshed. We should not and must not simply feel or fantasize that we are the true patriots and we need to overthrow the government and hence we will shut-down everything by road-blockade, hartal and arson attacks on public and private properties. We don’t have any right to burn a bus and its innocent driver, a healthy human being, who was burn to death while he was sleeping inside a bus that came under arson attack by the BNP led hooligans. Who will be responsible for such heinous crime? I hope Fakrul or any other politicians will think twice before making any veil threat to “keep all vehicles off the roads”, because this may be perceived as cognizable offence. Hope the learned judges of the higher court will find a lawful way to release Fakrul.

: Asad Zaman





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