Minar gets 6 months bail in Ekram murder case

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Pns: The High Court on Sunday granted a six months interim bail to BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar in Fulgazi upazila parishad chairman Ekramul Haque killing case.

An HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil granted the bail on condition of depositing his passport to the court.

Advocate Munsurul Haq Chowdhury stood for Minar while Attorney General Mahbybey Alam represented the state.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on March 19 directed a lower court of Feni to finish within six months the trial of the case of Fulgazi upazila parishad chairman Ekramul Haque.

A three-member SC bench, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha,
also dismissed a High Court (HC) order that granted bail to BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar in the case.

On November 24, the HC granted interim bail to Minar for six months and issued a rule asking the government to explain why Minar should not be given permanent bail in the case.

Later, the state filed a petition with the SC seeking a stay on the HC order.

Ekram, also the president of Fulgazi upazila unit of Awami League, came under attack by armed miscreants in front of Bilasi Cinema Hall on May 20, 2014 while on his way to Fulgazi upazila headquarters from his Masterpara residence in Feni district town.

The attackers intercepted his microbus and fired at him from very close range and then set fire to the vehicle. They left the scene after confirming Ekram's death on the spot.

Ekram's brother Rezaul Haque Jasim filed a case against Minar and 35 unidentified people with Feni Model Police Station on May 21, 2014.

Plainclothes police arrested Minar from the capital on May 27, 2014.

PNS/Tamanna Khan



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