A Feni court has set March 13 to deliver the verdict in Fulgazi upazila chairman and Awami League leader Ekramul Haque's murder case.
After the defence finished its argument on Tuesday, District and Sessions Judge’s Court judge Aminul Huq fixed the date.
The judge also cancelled the bails of all accused in the case, said Public Prosecutor Hafez Ahmad.
He said 14 of the 56 accused were currently in jail, including prime accused Feni BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury alias Minar Chowdhury, 23 were out on bail and 18 others were still on the run.
Another key accused was also killed during a gun battle with Rapid Action Battalion in Feni in July last year.
Hafez said a total of 50 prosecution witnesses, including the plaintiff and case investigation officer, have testified during the trial.
Ekramul Haque, who was also the upazila Awami League president, was hacked, shot and burnt alive by miscreants inside his car in broad daylight in Feni town’s Academy area on May 20, 2014.
His brother Rezaul Haque Jasim later filed the murder case accusing BNP leader Minar and 30-35 unidentified people.
Police pressed charges against 56 people in August the same year. The court had indicted them in March 2016.
A total of 44 arrests were made over the years and 15 of them confessed in court, said Public Prosecutor Hafez.