The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Thursday fixed April 25 for hearing a petition filed by the state challenging bail of Irfan Selim that was granted by the High Court (HC) in a case over assaulting a Navy officer last year.
A virtual Appellate Division bench led by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed the date. Advocate Abdul Baset Majumdar stood for Irfan, son of Awami League leader Haji Selim.
On March 18, the High Court granted him bail which was later stayed for four weeks by the chamber judge on March 28.
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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 Irfan, came out of the car and physically assaulted Wasif and verbally abused his wife.
The Navy officer filed a case at Dhanmondi Police Station, naming four people including Irfan. The three other accused are AB Siddique Dipu, 45, Md Zahid, 35, and Md Mizanur Rahman, 30. All of them are behind bars now.
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On October 26, 2020, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained Irfan 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 has been facing four more cases.
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.
The state of power, its limits and usage, the hierarchies in the ruling class were all exposed in the incident involving Erfan, son of the most powerful politician in Dhaka’s Old Town (and then some), Haji Selim and a Navy officer.