On 12 November, the Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge court had formed charges against nine persons, including the Prothom Alo editor, in the incident of Naimul’s death. The court dropped charges against editor of Kishor Alo, Anisul Hoque.
The Prothom Alo editor on 6 December filed a petition with the High Court, seeking for the case to be dismissed. The court passed the stay order after hearing on 10 and 13 December.
The petition said the investigation report had no allegations of Matiur Rahman being involved in the incident. He was not even present at the location of the incident, nor was he in charge of the event’s management or supervision. He had nothing to do with the electrical management of the event either. Neither had any witness mentioned Matiur Rahman’s name.