Update March 17, 2015

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Salahuddin hearing adjourned until April 8

Sumel Sarker

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Salahuddin hearing adjourned until April 8.

17 March 2015, Nirapad News: The High Court yesterday adjourned until April 8 further hearing on a petition seeking an order on the government to produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed before it.

The bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique and Justice Gabinda Chandra Tagore passed the adjournment order when it concluded the day’s proceedings.

At the hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the court that Salahuddin had not been arrested and was not in the custody of any law enforcement agency.

The attorney general read out from reports submitted by law enforcement agencies on the whereabouts of Salahuddin, a joint secretary general of the BNP. The agencies informed the court that they were trying to find the missing BNP leader.

After the submission, the petitioner’s counsel, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed, told the court that they would reply to the reports.

“We got the police report around 3pm. We will mention four previous orders over such incidents. We are studying it and will talk on some points. But it will take time for the submission,” he said.

He prayed the court adjourn the hearing as the court will go into vacation from today.

The attorney general opposed further hearings, saying that law enforcers were trying to find Salahuddin and that it was their duty to find persons reported to be missing. There is no need to continue hearing on the rule, he said.

He said it was not possible to say how long police would take to find him.

“In investigations into criminal acts, a time frame cannot be fixed. Two journalists [Sagar and Runi] were killed. Until today the investigation has not finished and charges could not be framed,” he said.

The court said it would hear the submission of the aggrieved and fixed a date for further hearings. The court will reopen on April 1 after the vacation.

According to Salahuddin’s family, several people in civilian dress, identifying themselves as members of the Detective Branch of police, picked Salahuddin up from a residence in the capital’s Uttara neighborhood on the night of March 10.

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque on March 13 claimed that no law enforcement agency had arrested the BNP leader. On the same day, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia alleged that law enforcers had picked him up but were denying it.

She warned of repercussions if Salahuddin was not immediately released.

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