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Supreme Court upholds High Court bail to Erfan Selim, no bar on release

  • Published at 01:25 pm April 25th, 2021
Erfan Selim Haji Selim RAB Old Dhaka 26.10.2020
File photo: Officials of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escort Erfan Selim, ward councillor of Dhaka South City Corporation and son of Awami League MP Haji Md Selim, out of their Old Dhaka residence on Monday, October 26, 2020. He was arrested after RAB raided their house and found illegal firearms, ammunition, and liquor Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

On March 18, the High Court granted him bail which was later stayed for four weeks by the chamber judge

The Appellate Division has upheld the High Court order that granted bail to Erfan Selim, son of Dhaka 7 lawmaker Haji Selim, in a case filed over assaulting a Navy officer last year.

A virtual bench led by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Sunday after rejecting the petition filed by the state.

Advocate Abdul Baset Majumdar and Advocate Syed Ahmed Raza stood for Erfan while Additional Attorney General Sheikh Mohammad Morshed represented the state.

Advocate Syed Ahmed Raza, said: "Five cases have been filed against Erfan in this connection. Of these, Erfan got acquitted from two cases in lower court while he secured bail in two other cases from High Court and now the Appellate Division also upheld the High Court order in the last case."

So that, there is no bar to release him, he added.

Also Read - Hearing on plea challenging stay on Erfan Selim’s bail on April 25

On April 22, the Appellate Division fixed April 25 for hearing the petition filed by the state challenging bail of Erfan Selim in the Navy officer assault case.

On March 18, the High Court granted him bail which was later stayed for four weeks by the chamber judge on March 28.

On April 8, Erfan filed a petition challenging the stay order.

According to the case statement, a private car hit Bangladesh Navy's Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan's motorcycle near Labaid Hospital at Dhanmondi on October 25, 2020 when he and his wife were returning to their Mohammadpur residence from Nilkhet.

Later, some people, including Erfan, came out of the car and physically assaulted Wasif and verbally abused his wife.

The Navy officer filed a case with Dhanmondi police station, naming four people including Erfan. The three other accused are AB Siddique Dipu, 45, Md Zahid, 35, and Md Mizanur Rahman, 30. All of them are behind bars now.

On October 26, 2020, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained Erfan from his father's Devdas Lane residence in Old Dhaka. Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and liquor were seized from his house during the drive.

He was suspended from the post of councillor the next day. 

He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for keeping walkie-talkies illegally and another six months for possessing illegal liquor on October 26, 2020 by a mobile court led by RAB.

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