The High Court on Thursday directed former whip Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal to surrender within a week before the lower court in three cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the ACC against his acquittal.
It also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the acquittal in the three cases should not be scrapped.
Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the national anti-graft body while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and Barrister Shafique Ahmed and Advocate MK Rahman stood for the former whip.
The same court on Wednesday directed Jamal to immediately surrender before the lower court in a case filed by the ACC for embezzling 10 tonnes of rice.
Earlier on September 23, the former whip was acquitted by a Barishal court in 20 such corruption cases.
The ACC filed a petition with the High Court challenging the verdicts.
ACC assistant director Abdur Rahim Joardar filed a case on June 25, 2009 accusing Udoykathi union parishad member Sukumar Boiragi of embezzling 10 tonnes of rice allocated for the victims of tidal surge and cyclone in the southern region of the country in 2006-2007 financial year.
On completion of investigation, ACC assistant director Md Wazed Ali Gazi pressed charges accusing two people, including former whip Jamal.