Don’t bring up ‘arson terrorism’ before court


A High Court bench today asked the lawyers not to raise the issue of “arson terrorism” before the court.

“This court is for all the people of the country. Don’t bring up this issue (arson terrorism) before this court and damage its environment,” the bench of Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Aminul Islam said.

The bench said this while hearing a bail petition of detained BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury in a vandalism and arson case lodged with Shahbagh Police Station after Hefajat-e-Islam mayhem on May 5, 2013.

The bench said this after Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi opposed the bail petition, saying that political unrest and incidents of arson terrorism have resumed.

The HC earlier granted bail to Aslam in similar cases, but the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed those orders, he told the HC bench.

The court kept the bail petition stand over (waiting for hearing) for two months and ordered the investigation officer Harun-Ur Rashid to submit the charge sheet before a trial court in two months.

Earlier in the day, Additional Attorney General SM Munir told the HC bench that there is an allegation against Aslam of hatching a conspiracy with Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad to topple the Bangladesh government.

There are many accused in this case and therefore, more time is needed to complete the investigation, he said.

The HC bench told him that this court will not see whether anyone went to Israel or America.

Aslam’s lawyer Muhammad Masud-Ul-Haque said his client is accused in 39 cases and he secured bail in 38 cases except the one filed with Shahbagh Police Station.

Aslam, who is now in Cumilla jail, was arrested in that case in October, 2021.

Another HC bench had issued a rule on January 4 last year asking the state to explain why he should not be granted bail in this case.

On May 15, 2016 Aslam was reportedly picked up from Khilkhet over the alleged plot with Israel to topple the Bangladesh government. He was sued for the alleged sedition on May 26, 2016.

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