Bail of four including Dr Yunus extended in labour law violation case

Dr Muhammad Yunus appears at the labour appellate tribunal on 16 April.Suvra Kanti Das

The labour appellate tribunal has extended the bail period of top four Grammen Telecom officials including economist Dr Muhammad Yunus in labour law violation case.

Their bail has been extended till 23 as the court set 23 May for appeal hearing filed by four including Dr Yunus against the verdict of punishment in this case.

In charge of the labour appeal tribunal, chairman MA Awal passed the order on Tuesday morning.

This order was given over hearing on the separate appeals filed by four officials including Dr Yunus seeking adjournment of appeal hearing and the extension of bail.

Three other officials are Grameen Telecom former managing director Ashraful Hasan, director Noor Jahan Begum and Md Shahjahan.

A court in Dhaka sentenced Nobel Laureate economist and Grameen Telecom Chairman Dr Muhammad Yunus and three others to six months in prison and fined Tk 30,000 each in a case filed on charges of violating the labour law. The verdict was delivered on 2 January.

On 28 January, four people including Dr Yunus made an appeal against the verdict. The labour tribunal took this appeal for hearing on the day.

On March 3, the labour appeal tribunal granted bail to four suspending the verdict and order delivered by the third labour court.

The tribunal also extended the bail till 16 April and set 16 April for appeal hearing. The hearing was held today, Tuesday.

Dr Yunus and other three officials appeared in the court at around 11:00am. Lawyer Abdullah-Al-Mamun represented Dr Yunus and three others in the hearing. Lawyer SM Mizanur Rahman accompanied him.

Senior lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan represented the plaintiff of the case, the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE).

Earlier, on 4 February the plaintiff in the case filed a criminal revision petition challenging the Labour Appellate Tribunal's order. The High Court delivered a verdict on 18 March over the final hearing of this petition.

Mentioning that the copy of the full verdict of the High Court is not received, lawyer Abdullah Al Mamun sought adjournment of the hearing of appeal filed by four people including Dr Yunus challenging the conviction. He also filed another petition seeking bail for these four people until disposal of this appeal.

In the hearing, lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said it is the decision of the court over the extension of bail. However, it would be convenient if the date for the appeal hearing is set for Thursday.