The hearing on the government's leave to appeal petition against High Court's landmark judgment that quashed a nearly 30 million taka extortion case against former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina began in the Supreme Court amid stepped up security around the court.
A large number of police, armed police and BDR personnel were deployed at the entrances to the court and around it. And restriction was imposed on entry of people to the court premises, which was unusual. Earlier, when the hearing began, Additional Attorney General Salahuddin Ahmad made his arguments for obtaining a stay on the HC judgment that also declared illegal bringing the extortion case against Hasina filed by businessman Azam J Chowdhury under the Emergency Power Rules. Hasina's chief counsel barrister Rafique-Ul Huq told the court that her writ petition was filed challenging the legality of applying the EPR in the extortion case against her.
Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has the details.