The High Court (HC) on Tuesday ordered four top BNP leaders to surrender before a lower court within six weeks in a case filed over issuing a death threat against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
HC bench of Justices Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Md Mustafizur Rahman also ordered police not to arrest them within this period.
The accused BNP leaders are- Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy.
They filed a petition at the HC seeking anticipatory bail earlier in the day.
Earlier on Monday, AB Siddique, president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, filed a case against BNP's acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and eight others bringing allegation of issuing death threat against the PM and the complainant.
Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder issued an arrest warrant following a plea by AB Siddique.
In the case statement, the plaintiff alleged that Hafizur Rahman Rana, an expelled teacher of BUET, sent him a letter on July 25 this year threatening to assassinate the PM and family members of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by Islamic State (IS) militants on August 15.
The letter also mentioned that the memorial complex of Bangabandhu would be bombed and a new Bangladesh will be established under the leadership of BNP’s Tarique Rahman.
Five other accused BNP leaders are - Tarique Rahman, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, Aman Ullah Aman, suspended BUET teacher Hafizur Rahman Rana and Chhatra Dal leader Emdadul Haque Bhuiyan.