Published:  12:00 AM, 20 March 2017 Last Update: 03:25 AM, 20 March 2017

Finish Ekram killing trial in 6 months: HC

Finish Ekram killing trial in 6 months: HC Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla attended the centenary of Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka on Sunday. -Mostafizur Rahman

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday directed a lower court of Feni to finish within six months the trial of the 2014 killing of Fulgazi upazila parishad Chairman Ekramul Haque. A three-member SC bench, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order yesterday morning.

The court 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. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Mansurul Haque Chowdhury argued for Minar.

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.

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