The High Court on Thursday cancelled a lower court order that had placed Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on a seven-day remand in a sedition case. Police can interrogate Manna at the jail gate, if necessary, the HC said.
An HC bench comprising Justice M Rezaul Haque and Justice M Khasruzzaman passed the order disposing of a writ petition filed by Manna challenging the lower court's order for his remand.
Advocate Shahdeen Malik stood for Manna while deputy attorney general Fazlur Rahman Khan represented the state during the hearing. Talking to reporters, Shahdeen Malik said the HC cancelled Manna's remand order by a lower court and asked the authorities to quiz Manna at the jail gate, if necessary.
On March 5, a sedition case was filed against Mahmudur Rahman Manna and BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka in connection with the leaked 'telephonic conversation' between the two leaders.
On March 8, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Ataul Haque put Manna on a 10-day remand in the sedition case. But he fell sick on the third day of his remand.
On March 18, a Dhaka court allowed police to complete the rest of the seven day's remand of Manna. On the following day, Manna filed a petition with the HC challenging the order.
On August 19, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why Manna's remand would not be declared illegal and unlawful.