The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the concerned authorities why former caretaker government adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein should not be transferred to Dhaka for better treatment.
The High Court bench of Justices Syed Refaat Ahmed and Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after a hearing a petition filed by Mainul’s wife Saju Hossain.
Home Ministry Secretary, Inspector General of Police (IGP), IGP (Prison), Rangpur Jail Authorities have been directed to come up with an explanation within a week.
Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Abdur Rahim stood for Mainul while deputy attorney general Kazi Zinat Haq represented the state.
Earlier on November 8, the High Court asked the authorities concerned of Rangpur jail and Rangpur Medical College and Hospital for conducting medical tests of Barrister Mainul Hosein and submit the report within three days.
It also asked the authorities to provide adequate security to Mainul if he is transferred to another jail from Rangpur jail.
Meanwhile, the HC bench fixed Sunday for the hearing.
On November 7, Saju Hossain, wife of Mainul, filed two separate writ petitions in connection with the assault of Mainul in Rangpur court.
Mainul who was connected to a talk show programme, 'Ekattorer Journal', through a videoconference aired on a private TV channel, Ekattor TV, hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an 'offensive comments' against her on October 16.
On October 22, Judge Arifa Yasmin Mukta of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Ragpur issued a warrant for Mainul’s arrest after a local human rights activist, Mili Maya, filed a defamation case with it.
Dhaka Cheif Metropolitan Magistrate Kaisarul Islam sent Mainul to jail in the case on October 23.
Barrister Mainul Hosein was assaulted allegedly by some leaders and activists of Awami League while he was being produced before the Rangpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on November 4.