The public prosecutor (PP) has appealed for withdrawal of 10 'political' cases filed against the Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The appeal was submitted to the Dhaka district committee, dealing with the politically-motivated cases filed in Dhaka district. So far, 50 such cases have been submitted to the committee for consideration, sources said.
PP Md Abdullah Abu yesterday said a private television channel that he recommended to withdraw 50 cases out of 810 filed in Dhaka district, adding, "these cases were filed against politicians, including Sheikh Hasina."
He said he also evaluated documents of some of the cases, which cannot be withdrawn, as those were not filed for political harassment.
Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Zillur Rahman said many minister and lawmakers submitted prayer to the home ministry for withdrawal of the cases against them. The cases filed against the prime minister, lawmaker Tofael Ahmed and engineer Mosharraf Hossain are among them.
He said they asked the committee to look into the cases as those were filed for political harassment.
The home ministry in March decided to withdraw all 'political' cases. The ministry gave one month to submit application for withdrawal of the cases. Deadline for application has been extended for one month on April 15.