Fakhrul's plea challenging arson case legality rejected

A Dhaka court on Sunday rejected petitions by BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and three other challenging the legality of an arson case.

The case was filed against 46 opposition leaders for torching a bus near the Prime Minister's Office during hartal hours on April 29.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harun-or-Rashid on July 31 framed charges against 46 opposition leaders accused in the case.

Lawyers of BNP leaders Fakhrul, MK Anwar and Khandakar Mossaraf Hossain and Liberal Democratic Party President Oli Ahmed submitted two separate criminal revision petitions challenging the legality of the charge framing in the case around 9:30am.

In the petition, the defence lawyers claimed that the court indictment order against their clients was not correct and appropriate as they did not get enough time to take preparation.

After holding hearing on the case, Judge Md Zohurul Haqe of Metropolitan Sessions Judges Court rejected the petitions as the court did not find any strong ground behind accepting the petitions.

The court also termed the charge framing order as proper and legal.

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The Daily Star