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Salahuddin’s legal battle starts

Update : 23 May 2015, 06:52 PM

BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed has started his legal battle in Indian court as his wife Hasina Ahmed sought bail prayer in the first class judicial magistrate court of Shillong.

The court, while keeping the bail in abeyance, asked for records from the investigating officer and fixed May 29 as the next date of hearing of the case, according to Shillong Times.

Salauddin is yet to be produced before the court pending the final opinion of doctors who are treating him at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health And Medical Sciences (Neigrihms).

His condition is said to be stable. Hewas transferred to Neigrihms on Wednesday evening from the civil hospital.

According to the petition, the police in Bangladesh turned down the plea of Ahmed’s wife to file an FIR regarding his abduction. This forced the wife to move the High Court in Bangladesh on the issue.

The court directed the police to report the status of the investigation to the Bangladesh Home Ministry every month.

“Though the petitioner pleaded for Salahuddin’s bail, the fact that the police could not investigate into the matter as the man in question is still undergoing treatment made it impossible for the Bangladeshi politician to get bail,” said the government lawyer.

During the hearing in court, the petitioner pleaded that Salahuddin was sick and needed to be taken abroad for better medical treatment.

Several documents such as passports and visas of the countries which he visited for medical treatment were also submitted before the court.

Ahmed was arrested on May 11 for trespassing into Indian territory without valid documents.

Abdul Latif Jony, assistant office secretary to BNP, said over phone that Salahuddin Ahmed is undergoing treatment in Neigrihms.  “His treatment will start in full swing from Monday or Tuesday.” 

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