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The High Court yesterday granted six months' ad interim bail to BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in two cases filed for torching a car and blasting cocktails during the opposition's countrywide roadblock on December 9 last year.

It also asked the government to explain in four weeks why Fakhrul should not be granted regular bail in the cases.

An HC bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain came up with the order and rule after hearing two bail petitions filed by Fakhrul's lawyer Mahbub Uddin Khokon.

Another defence counsel Moudud Ahmed told reporters that Fakhrul was implicated in two cases out of 38 filed in connection with the blockade.

So, there was now no legal bar to Fakhrul's release following the HC order, he said.

The cases had been filed with Paltan and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police stations.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam opposed the bail petitions before the HC bench.

Earlier on December 24, a Dhaka court rejected two bail petitions filed by the BNP leader in the cases.

The BNP-led 18-party alliance enforced the roadblock on December 9, demanding restoration of the caretaker government system.

The following day law enforcers arrested Fakhrul in front of the party's Naya Paltan office in the capital. He is now in Kashimpur jail in Gazipur.

Fakhrul has been put behind bars twice during the tenure of the incumbent government.

On May 15 last year, he was sent to jail in an arson case filed in connection with the opposition's April 29 hartal. Later, he was freed on bail by the High Court.

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