A Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced six people including a Chinese national to different jail terms in a case filed over embezzling Tk 2.59 crore. Judge of the Dhaka Special Judge Court-5 Iqbal Hossain handed down the judgment. Read more: HC clears way to continue graft case against BNP leader Dulu Of them, Chairman of The Sinfa Knitters Limited Chinese national Yang Wang Chug and its director Khasru Al Rahman get 13 years imprisonment while its director Mansurul Haque and Golam Mostafa 10 years imprisonment. All of them were tried in absentia. Besides, then senior vice-president of National Bank Dilkusha branch Abdul Wadud Khan and its executive vice president Shahabuddin were sentenced to six years jail. The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer three months more rigorous imprisonment. On October 26, a court fixed November 16 for delivering judgment in the case. Read more: HC cancels 2014 acquittal of accused trio in Tk 12cr Sonali Bank graft case According to the case statement, the convicts, in collusion with each other took loan Tk 2.59 crore from National Bank after submitting a fake document of land against their business company and embezzled the whole money. A deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case with Motijheel Police Station on January 17, 2017. On June 24, 2018, police submitted chargesheet against the six people.
A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrants for BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge Md Asaduzzaman court passed the order after taking the charge sheet against them into cognisance. The court also directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Cantonment police station to submit a progress report regarding the arrest warrant on January 5 next year. Read more: Graft case against Tarique, Zubaida: HC asks trial court to dispose of case soon On June 26, High court ordered the judicial court to dispose of the case as soon as possible. The HC also rejected the couple’s writ petitions, challenging the corruption case against them for acquiring wealth beyond their known sources of income and concealing information in their affidavits. As both of them remain fugitive, the court rejected the writ petitions – saying these are not acceptable. The court also withdrew the stay order on the trial proceedings of the case filed against them. Read more: Verdict on Tarique-Zubaida’s whereabouts on June 26 On September 26, 2007, ACC lodged a complaint with Kafrul police against Tarique Rahman, Zubaida and her mother Iqbal Mand Banu for amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 4.81 crore and concealing the information. In the same year, the High Court issued a rule suspending the trial proceedings in the case after hearing a petition filed by Zubaida. The HC rejected the rule in 2017 and asked her to surrender before the court within eight weeks.
While the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has recently been gearing up its anti-government movement defying all sorts of obstacles, party leaders say the government is reviving some pending cases against the leaders and activists with a motive to derail the movement. Some BNP leaders and lawyers say authorities may send some party leaders to jail to convey a message to the opposition party that they would not be spared ahead of the next general election. But the government repeatedly denied such allegations by BNP in the past, saying that authorities do not influence courts. Read Over 20 injured after police obstruct BNP volunteers’ march in Port City; 10 detained Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, a member of BNP’s Standing Committee, told UNB that the government has become “very nervous” over the overall social, political and economic situation while there is pressure from the international community to restore democracy through an inclusive and credible election. “The government has been failing to stop people’s participation in our rallies despite carefully-orchestrated obstacles against us. So, the government is desperate to reinforce their repressive acts to suppress us,” he said. “But it’s clear from our recent successful rallies that such a political tactic will not work,” he said. On Tuesday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court cleared the way for a lower court to continue the trial involving graft charges against BNP Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case in 2007 on charges of amassing wealth illegally. Read Bus owners threaten strike on Nov 4, 5 in Barishal ahead of BNP’s rally The trial proceedings against Khandaker Mosharraf on charges of siphoning off Tk 90 million are also set to enter its final stage. The ACC filed the case in 2014, accusing him of making money illegally when he was the health minister from 2001-2006. The ACC has also started an investigation against nine other people, including Standing Committee members Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, for suspicious transactions before the 11th parliamentary elections. Lawyers loyal to BNP say the trials of many cases against BNP leaders and activists are going on with lower courts in Dhaka and elsewhere. BNP says around 36 lakh BNP leaders and activists are now facing over one lakh cases. They say the charges are politically motivated. Read: Thousands join as BNP’s Khulna rally starts earlier than scheduled
A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Bazlur Rashid to five years imprisonment for illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 3.14 crore. Dhaka Special Judge’s Court-5 Jude Md Iqbal Hossain also fined the convict Tk 5 lakh, in default, to suffer six months more in jail. Read: Why ex-DIG prison Bazlur Rashid’s bail won’t be scrapped: HC The court also cancelled his bail and sent him to jail. The court on Saturday fixed Sunday for delivering the judgment after completing arguments from the both sides. Read:Court orders freezing two bank accounts of suspended DIG prison Bazlur The ACC summoned the suspended DIG and his wife for interrogation on October 20 in 20019 and showed him arrested on the same day after filing a case against him on charge of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 3.14 crore. ACC Deputy Director Md Nasir Uddin pressed chargesheet against the ex-DIG on August 26, 2020. The court framed chagres against Bazlur Rashid on October 22.
The trial of a corruption case against Prashanta Kumar Halder (PK Halder), disgraced director of International Leasing and Finance Service Ltd (ILFSL), and 13 others began at a Dhaka court on Thursday. Justice Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-10 recorded testimony of Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, an Assistant Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the plaintiff of the case. The court has fixed October 13 for the cross-examination of Mamunur’s statement. On September 8, the court framed charges against the accused. The other accused in the case are PK Harder’s mother Lilabati Halder, Purnima Rani Halder, Uttam Kumar Mistri, Amitabh Adhikari, Pritish Kumar Halder, Rajib Som, Subratra Das, Ananga Mohan Ray, Swapan Kumar Mistri, Abantika Baral, Shankha Bepari, Sukumar Mridha and Anindita Mridha. Among the accused, Abantika, Shankha, Sukumar and Anindita were arrested and sent to jail. Read: PK Halder, 13 others indicted in money laundering case According to the case statement, PK Halder has acquired wealth worth almost Tk 275 crore beyond known sources of income through illegal activities and kept them in his possession. The ACC investigated the case and submitted a charge sheet to the court. In the charge sheet, the anti-graft watchdog accused Halder of laundering CAD 1.17 crore to Canada through illegal means. The corruption case against Halder was lodged with ACC’s Dhaka Coordinated Office by Mamunur on January 8, 2020. On May 13 this year, India's federal economic offences police arrested PK Halder and his two associates from the eastern state of West Bengal. He is now in Indian jail.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a High Court order that had granted bail to controversial union parishad chairman of Chandpur Md Selim Khan in a corruption case. The court also ordered Selim Khan to surrender before the court by September 27. Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Read: Samrat's bail extended in money laundering case Advocate Momtaz Uddin Fakir appeared for Salim Khan at the court while Advocate Khorshed Alam Khan stood for ACC. On September 14, the High Court (HC) granted anticipatory bail to him for four weeks in the graft case. The HC, however, ordered Selim Khan to surrender before the trial court concerned within four weeks in connection with the case. On August 1, ACC’s assistant director Ataur Rahman filed the case against Selim Khan for acquiring the assets illegally. Read: Dhara Multipurpose Co-Operative Society president gets 12 years jail According to the complaint, Selim Khan acquired assets worth Tk 34,53, 81,119 beyond his known source of income and he concealed information about his assets. On August 8, the Appellate Division ruled that Md Selim Khan must pay a huge amount in royalties against sand extraction from the Meghna river banks. It said since 2016, Selim Khan had been extracting sand from the Meghna River in Chandpur Sadar and Haimchar illegally, causing the government to incur huge losses.
The High Court (HC) today (September 14, 2022) granted anticipatory bail to controversial Laxmipur UP chairman Md Selim Khan for four weeks in a graft case. The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Biswajit Debnath passed the order. The court also asked him to surrender before the trial court after four weeks. Read: HC directs Laxmipur UP Chairman Selim Khan to surrender within 3 weeks Advocate Momtaz Uddin Fakir appeared for Salim Khan at the court while Advocate Khorshed Alam Khan appeared for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Selim Khan’s counsel submitted the bail petition on Tuesday. On August 14, HC asked Selim to surrender to the trial court within three weeks in a case filed over acquiring Tk 34 crore illegal assets through unauthorised sand extraction. On August 1, ACC’s assistant director Ataur Rahman filed the case against Selim Khan for acquiring the assets illegally. Read: AL expels UP chairman Selim Khan According to the complaint, Selim Khan acquired assets worth Tk 34,53, 81,119 beyond his known source of income and he concealed information about his assets . On August 8, the Appellate Division ruled that Md Selim Khan must pay a huge amount in royalties against sand extraction from the Meghna river banks. It said since 2016, writ petitioner Selim Khan had been extracting sand from the Meghna River in Chandpur Sadar and Haimchar illegally, causing the government to incur a huge losses.
The High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Hallmark Group chairperson Jasmine Islam in a graft case filed over embezzlement of nearly TK 86 crore from a bank. A division bench of justices Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Khizir Hayat rejected the bail plea of Jasmine. Advocate Mansurul Haque Chowdhury appeared for the businesswoman, while advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Read: Wrongful imprisonment: Appellate Division orders Brac Bank to compensate Jaha Alam Earlier on March 10, 2019, the High Court granted bail to Jasmine in the case of embezzlement of Tk 85.87 crore from Janata Bank via a fake letter of credit. Later, the ACC filed a petition challenging the bail order. After hearing the appeal, the Appellate Division cancelled her bail and asked her to surrender within four weeks, on June 16, the same year. Jasmine, also the wife of the Hallmark Group managing director Tanvir Mahmud, subsequently surrendered before the lower court and applied for bail in the High Court. Read: ACC goes to HC seeking cancellation of Samrat’s bail The High Court then issued a rule over her bail plea. On November 1, 2016, Joynal Abedin, deputy assistant director of the anti-graft body, filed the case against 16 people, including Jasmine, at Motijheel police station in Dhaka. Later that day, the ACC arrested her from the capital`s Bangsal area.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the bail of Regent Hospital Chairman Mohammad Shahed in a corruption case filed on charge of embezzling Tk2.75 crore from Padma Bank (formerly Farmers Bank). Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). On July 28, the High Court granted permanent bail to Shahed in a corruption case. Also read: Shahjahanpur double murder: 2 more held in city Later, ACC filed a petition challenging the bail order of the High Court. In 2020, ACC Deputy Director Md Shahjahan Miraj lodged a complaint against four people, including Shahed. Police filed an FIR in this connection. On July 6, 2020, Rab raided the Uttara and Mirpur branches of Regent Hospital. During the operation, fake Covid test reports, and various irregularities including collection of money from patients in the name of Covid treatment were unveiled. Also read: HC: Bangladesh Railway gets 7 days more to submit report on mismanagement On July 15, from the border area of Satkhira, Shahed was arrested by RAB. Shahed has been in jail since then. More than 36 cases have been filed against Shahed on allegations of different irregularities.
A Chattogram court on Wednesday sentenced disgraced ex-OC Pradeep Kumar Das to 20 years in jail and his wife Chumki to 21 years for amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. Chattogram Divisional Special Judge Munshi Abdul Majid handed down the punishment to the former Teknaf police station in-charge and his wife, and ordered the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to confiscate their properties, said public prosecutor Mahmudul Haque Mahmud. Pradeep, also a death row convict in the murder case of Major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan (retired), is currently lodged in Chattogram district Jail. His wife is also in judicial custody. Read: Assassination attempt on Hasina: HC rejects bail plea of 4 convicts On July 18, the court fixed Wednesday as the judgment day in the case. On December 15, 2021, the Chattogram court indicted ex-OC Pradeep and his wife in the case. On September 1 last year, the court accepted a chargesheet in the graft case against the former cop and his wife. ACC Chittagong assistant director Md Riaz Uddin submitted the chargesheet on July 26. The Commission filed the case against the couple for amassing wealth over Tk 4 crore, on August 23 in 2020. ACC sources said the anti-graft watchdog’s investigation against the disgraced cop started way back in 2018. On April 20 last year, he and his wife were asked to submit their wealth statement which they did in two months. It may be mentioned here that on July 31, 2020, Major Sinha was shot dead at the Shamlapur police check-post in Baharchhara union of Cox's Bazar on his way back to the town after filming for a documentary. Read: 3 get life in jail for raping minor in Cox’s Bazar On August 5, 2020, Sinha's sister, Sharmin Shahriar Ferdous, filed a case in Teknaf Senior Judicial Magistrate Court accusing nine members of law enforcement agencies of being involved in the killing, including ex-OC Pradeep and Baharchhara police outpost inspector Liakat Ali. On December 13, the same year, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) submitted a charge-sheet against 15 people, including ex-OC Pradeep, police informer Ayaz and three APBn members, in the case. On June 27, 2021, the court framed charges against them.