The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today upheld a High Court verdict that cleared the way for a lower court to resume the trial proceedings of a case filed over the attack on motorcade of the then opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Satkhira in 2002.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain came up with the order after dismissing a petition filed by Rakibur Rahman, an accused in the case, challenging the HC verdict.
On October 8, an HC bench led by Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam cleared the way for the lower court concerned to resume the trial proceedings of a case.
Following the petition filed by Rakib, another HC bench on August 23, 2017 stayed the trial proceedings of the case and issued the rule asking the state why the trial proceedings against Rakib should not be scrapped.
In the petition, Rakib claimed that he was 10 years old when the incident of bomb attack took place on the motorcade of Sheikh Hasina in 2002 and therefore, the trial proceedings of the case filed under the Penal Code against him cannot be run.