Mahbub’s remand order illegal: HC

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday declared illegal the remand order issued by the lower court against BNP chairperson’s adviser and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council Khandker Mahbub Hossain.A bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Jafar Ahmed passed the order following hearing on a rule. On January 8, the lower court granted a two-day remand for Khandker Mahbub in a case filed with the capital’s Ramna Police Station.The following day, Mahbub’s lawyers filed a ‘quashing petition’ with the HC challenging the remand order and the court stayed the remand order for one week.In line with the order, the court also issued a rule on the government why his remand should not be declared illegal. On January 4, a day before the 10th general election, miscreants hurled 10-12 crude bombs targeting the office of Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Ramna division) Maruf Hossain and the next day police filed the case under the Explosive Substances Act.On January 7, plainclothes police arrested Khandker Mahbub as soon as he came out of the National Press Club after attending a discussion meeting on the January 5 parliamentary polls.