The High Court today asked four BNP leaders including its Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to surrender before a Dhaka court in six weeks in a case filed on charge of issuing death threat to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The court also asked the law enforcers not to harass or arrest them by this time.
The three other BNP leaders are Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy.
Earlier in the day, they collectively filed a petition with the HC seeking anticipatory bail in the case filed by AB Siddique, president of pro-Awami League organistion Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad.
Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka Satyabrata Sikder yesterday issued arrest warrants against BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and eight other leaders including the four.
In the case, the complainant alleged that Hafizur Rahman Rana, an expelled teacher of Buet, sent him a letter on July 25 this year.
According to the case statement, it was alleged that the teacher, in his letter, threatened the assassination of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, family members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the complainant by Islamic State (IS) on August 15.
It also mentioned that the memorial complex of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be destroyed by bombing. It has been said that a new Bangladesh will be established under the leadership of Tarique Rahman, the letter said.
The complainant also appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant against the accused for their alleged involvement with committing such offenses.