In a suo-moto rule, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan asked the government on Tuesday to respond in four weeks as to why the duo would not be awarded appropriate punishment in the case. It also sought all the documents related to the trial.
The duo – Salauddin’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury and son Hummam Quader Chowdhury – have been given six weeks to surrender before the trial court after getting a copy of the High Court order.
The bench also asked the trial court to
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grant them bail after surrender, Assistant Attorney General Shahidul Islam Khan told the Dhaka Tribune.
The court noticed some anomalies in sentencing the accused in the verdict leak case while hearing a petition on acceptance of an appeal filed by one of the convicts, Mahbubul Ahsan, Salauddin’s manager.
The bench accepted his appeal for a hearing which is likely to take place after the court receives the documents.
The Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal on September 15 acquitted the duo but sentenced the war criminal's lawyer Fakhrul Islam to 10 years in prison and slapped Tk1 crore as fines.
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It also handed down seven years' imprisonment and fined Tk10,000 each to Salauddin’s manager Mahbubul, Fakhrul’s assistant Mehedi Hasan, and war crimes tribunal’s office staff Faruk Hossain and Nayan Ali.
Mehedi, who remained absconding since the filing of the case, surrendered before a lower court on October 9.