A Sylhet court on Wednesday granted bail to 55 leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in two cases that were filed on charge of obstructing police from discharging their duties and setting fire to election office of Awami League mayoral candidate in Sylhet City Corporation polls held on July 30.
The BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s adviser Khandaker Abdul Muktadir, the party’s national executive council member MA Haque, BNP Sylhet district unit president Abul Kaher Shamim, BNP city unit president Nasim Hossain and vice-president Saleh Ahmad Khasru, district unit acting general secretary Mahbubur Rab Chowdhury Faysal and organising secretary Emran Ahmad Chowdhury and city unit organising secretary Mifta Siddiguee were among the 55 leaders who got bail in the cases, court officials said.
Sylhet metropolitan session’s court public prosecutor Mafur Ali said that the BNP leaders sought bail after appearing before the metropolitan session’s judge Mafizur Rahman Bhuiyan in the afternoon and the court accepted their bail petition.
He said that Shah Paran police had filed a case against some 100 BNP leaders on charge of obstructing them while discharging duties on July 21.
The police filed another case against 34 leaders of the party for setting fire to election office of the AL candidate at Kushighat in the city on July 23 during electioneering, he added.
The district bar association president Mohammad Lala and former president EU Shahidul Islam defended the accused in the court, court officials said.