Both cases in Ashulia accuse him of extortion and attempting to illegally occupy a piece of land
The High Court has granted Gonoshasthaya Kendra Founder Zafrullah Chowdhury advance bail in two cases filed against him on several charges, including vandalism, extortion and attempt to illegally occupy a piece of land in Ashulia.
The bench of Justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim issued the bail on Sunday after Zafrullah appeared before their Court with the petition, said Supreme Court Bar Association President Advocate Zainul Abedin.
Zainul, who represented the pro-BNP public health advocate during the hearing, told reporters that the court granted Zafrullah bail until police filed their investigation reports on both cases.
Among others, Zafrullah had played an active role in forming the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front recently, which also has major opposition party BNP as a key element.
Last week, he started facing criticism after making false statements regarding the incumbent chief of Bangladesh Army on a Somoy TV talk show. He was later accused in a sedition case filed at Cantonment police station in Dhaka over the remarks.
Around the same time, he was named in two other cases filed with Ashulia police over attempt to illegally occupy land and extortion, respectively.
Both cases accuse Zafrullah and other Gonoshasthaya Kendra and Gono Bishwabidyalay officials of attempting to illegally occupy a piece of land and demanding Tk1 crore as extortion.
One of the cases was filed by a Manikganj resident named Md Ali, and the other by one Hasan Imam.