A Dhaka labour court on Sunday granted bail to Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus in three cases filed over sacking three employees of Grameen Communications.
Acting Chairman of Dhaka Third Labour Court Zakia Parveen passed the order after Dr Yunus appeared in court and sought bail.Earlier, the High Court (HC) on October 28 in an order asked Dr Muhammad Yunus to surrender by November 7 in connection with the three cases.
The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman passed the order after a hearing on a writ petition filed by Muhammad Ibrahim, brother of Dr Yunus, seeking a smooth surrender to the court. The HC passed the order so that Dr Yunus can return to the country from abroad and surrender to the trial court in the cases without any hindrance.
On October 9, the Third Labour Court of Dhaka issued a warrant for arrest of Dr Yunus, as he failed to appear before the court.
Later on October 14, the HC stayed a lower court order until October 25 that had issued an arrest warrant for Yunus in the three cases.
Grameen Communications Workers, Employees Union general secretary Abdus Salam, publicity secretary Shah Alam, and another person filed the cases on July 3 after they were dismissed in June for forming a trade union at their workplace.
The court also summoned the company’s managing director (MD) Naznin Sultana and Deputy General Manager (DGM) Khandaker Abu Abedin. The court granted bail to the duo when they appeared before the court.