The court also ordered Manna to submit his passport upon returning home
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has instructed Dhaka's chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) to return Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna's passport—for three months—so that he can undergo treatment and visit his children.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division—headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain—passed the order on Monday following a petition filed by Manna in this regard.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Advocate Md Idrisur Rahman, Manna's lawyer said: "The court also ordered Manna to submit his passport to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court within three weeks of his return to Bangladesh."
Manna filed a petition on May 5—with the Supreme Court Appellate Division—seeking permission to receive his passport so that he can go to Canada for various reasons.
Previously—on August 24, 2017, and October 11, 2018—the Supreme Court had asked the lower court to return his passport so that he could go abroad for treatment.
On November 28, 2016, the SC sustained a High Court order granting bail to the Nagarik Oikya convener in two cases, and also asked him to submit his passport to the lower court.
The two cases filed against him — with Gulshan police station on February 24 and March 5, 2016 — were on charges of provoking the army, and sedition, respectively.
Manna had been granted bail in two cases and his passport was consigned by the court as a condition for bail.
The two cases were filed on 24 February and 5 March 2015 at the Gulshan police station in Dhaka. Police arrested him on 25 February of the same year. Later he received bail.