HC grants bail to Erfan Selim in assault case

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DHAKA, March 18, 2021 (BSS) – The High Court (HC) today granted bail to suspended Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) ward-30 councilor Erfan Salim in a case filed for allegedly assaulting an officer of Bangladesh Navy last year.

A High Court division virtual bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Md Badruzzaman passed the order, declaring absolute a rule it had issued earlier in this regard.

Advocate Sayed Ahmed Raza argued for the bail before the court, while Deputy Attorney General Dr Md Bashir Ullah stood for the state at the hearing.

“Because of today’s order, there is no legal bar in releasing Erfan Salim from the jail,” Advocate Raza told newsmen.

The High Court on January 27 issued the rule, asking authorities concerned to explain in two weeks as to why it shall not grant bail to Erfan Salim in the case.

Erfan, son of lawmaker Haji Md Selim and his men allegedly assaulted Lt Wasif Ahmad Khan in the capital’s Kalabagan signal area on October 25, 2020 evening.

The navy officer filed the case against Erfan, his bodyguard Md Zahid, protocol officer AB Siddique Dipu, driver Mizanur Rahman and 2/3 unidentified persons.

Erfan, earlier, filed the plea for bail with Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court which was eventually rejected on December 27. Later, he filed the bail plea with the High Court.