The High Court has again granted bail to BNP leader Mahatab Uddin Ahmmed Chowdhury Minar.
Minar is the prime suspect of the 2014 murder of Feni Awami League leader Ekramul Haq.
High Court bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil granted Minar bail for six months on Sunday.
The High Court had previously granted bail to Minar, but it had been dismissed by the Appellate Division on March 19.
Back then, the Supreme Court had ordered the case to be resolved within the next six months. The apex court had said bail would be considered if the case proceedings is not completed by then.
Counsel of Minar Chowdhury again sought bail on October 15 after the court case passed the Supreme Court’s deadline.
“The court has granted a conditional bail. Chowdhury has to submit his passport to court before receiving the bail,” said Assistant Attorney General Bashir Ahmed.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam pleaded to the Appellate Division for a stay on the bail on Sunday.
Ekram, the then chairman of Feni’s Phulgazi Upazila, was killed in an attack in broad daylight in the district town on May 20, 2014.
The Awami League leader’s brother filed a murder case the same day that accused Minar as the prime suspect and also named 35 unidentified others.
Police arrested Minar in Dhaka on May 27.
The BNP leader was released from jail on bail from the High Court for health reasons. However, Minar was arrested again after he ignored the court’s order to appear in a hearing after the police submitted the charge sheet.
A Feni court began the trial on Mar 15, 2016, after indicting 56 persons, including Minar.