AT least 15 people including some high-profile politicians, who have been sentenced to imprisonment in absentia in different criminal cases, are now in the country, but not on bail or in jail, Ashutosh Sarker reports in The Daily Star.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has termed their legal status as a “peculiar situation”, while some other legal experts said the convicts now seem to be above the law and it is not a good sign for the society.
They said the convicts will remain in this situation until a special bench of the High Court (HC) constituted by the chief justice delivers the final decision on their bail petitions.
A division bench of the HC on February 23 delivered split orders on whether these people can directly come to the HC for bail without surrendering to the trial courts.
Following the dissenting orders, the bail petitions have been sent to the chief justice for constituting a special bench of the HC for the final decision, sources said, adding that the chief justice has not constituted the special bench yet.