Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Dhaka's Metropolitan Session Judge's Court passed the indictment order and fixed October 24 to begin witness deposition in the case.
The accused are Mohiuddin alias Royal, joint coordinator Touhidul Alam alias Chanchal, Kazi Morshedul Haque alias Plabon, Md Abu Yusuf Ali, Saidur Rahman alias Rajib and Tanvir Ahmed.
The court also issued arrest warrants against Chanchal and Tanvir as they did not appear before it yesterday. The four others pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out to them.
Police arrested Hizb ut-Tahrir joint convener Chanchal, and members Tanvir and Rajib when several members of the outfit – declared banned on October 22, 2009 – were distributing anti-government posters and leaflets among pedestrians on Road 2 in Sector 2 of Uttara on April 18, 2010. Several crude bombs were also found in their possessions.
During interrogation, the arrestees named Mohiuddin, a senior lecturer of the Institute of Business Administration of Dhaka University, as the instigator of their action.
A case was filed against them under the Anti-Terrorism Act with Uttara model police station. DB Inspector Md Nurul Amin, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against six accused on February 9, 2013.
The Home Ministry approved the charge sheet on June 6 and the court took the charges into cognisance on September 6.
Mohiuddin, now an associate professor, was the spokesperson and chief coordinator of the outfit in 2009. He was sent on compulsory leave on October 25, three days after the group was declared banned.
Later investigators found its involvement with local banned militant outfits JMB and HujiB, and Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Police arrested Mohiuddin and his second-in-command Morshedul on April 20, 2010, and showed them arrested in the case. After his release on bail in 2012, Mohiuddin wrote to the university authorities that he had severed ties with the outfit.
In March 2006, Mohiuddin held meetings with small local Islamic parties including Khelafat Majlish, Islami Constitutional Movement (ICM), Jamiatul Ulama and Khelafat Andolan and agreed to work together to establish Khilafah.
The group does not support democratic system and aims at establishing Khilafah in Bangladesh. Its members were found involved in the failed coup in army in December 2011 and believed to be involved in the recent targeted killings carried out by religious extremists.