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27 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Trial proceedings against Latif Siddiqui stayed for 6 months

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday stayed for six months the trial proceedings of a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against former textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique. The HC bench also issued a rule asking the Anti-Corruption Commission and government to explain why the trial proceedings against Latif Siddique should not be quashed. The HC bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq came up with the order and rule in response to a petition filed by Latif Siddique, who is now on bail in the case, seeking cancellation of the proceedings against him in the case. However, the ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters that the commission would file an appeal with the Supreme Court for staying the operation of the HC order in the case. The graft case was filed at Adamdighi Police Station against Siddiqui and one Jahanara Rashid on October 17, 2017. They were accused of incurring a loss of Tk 40.7 lakh to the state. According to the case statement, Siddiqui sold 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Jahanara without floating tender. On February 18 last, ACC Assistant Director Md Aminul Islam submitted the charge sheet against him in the corruption case. On June 20, a Bogura court sent Latif Siddiqui to jail rejecting his bail plea in the case. The High Court on November 4, 2019, granted the former minister a six-month interim bail in the case.

Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan indicted in drugs case

BSS, Dhaka

A Dhaka court today framed charges in a narcotics case against former Dhaka city Juba League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan. Dhaka 3rd Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Robiul Alam passed the order in presence of Bhuiyan as he pleaded not guilty. The court set April 1 to start recording deposition of the witnesses. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 arrested Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan from his Gulshan residence on the evening of September 18, 2019, for allegedly running an illegal casino in the city’s Fakirerpool area. The law enforcing agency seized illegal weapons, yaba and huge cash from his residence. RAB handed him over to Gulshan Police Station September 19 afternoon. RAB filed three cases, one for possessing illegal arms, one under narcotics control act and one under money laundering prevention act against Khaled.

Plaintiff testifies against GK Shamim in arms case

BSS, Dhaka

A court here yesterday started recording depositions in an arms case against contractor Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim and seven of his bodyguards. The other seven accused in the case are- Delwar Hossain, Murad Hossain, Jahidul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Kamal Hossain, Samsad Hossain and Aminul Islam. Plaintiff of the case and RAB-1 DAD Mizanur Rahman testified today as first prosecution witness and was later cross-examined by the defence but they failed to conclude. Dhaka 3rd Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Robiul Alam then adjourned the hearing till March 30. The court on January 28 framed charges in the case against the eight accused. Earlier on October 27, 2019, investigation officer and RAB-1 sub-inspector Shekhar Chandra Mallik filed charge sheet in the case. A mobile court of the RAB led by Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam surrounded Shamim’s business office at Niketan and conducted the raid in the afternoon of September 20, 2019. Shamim, who used to con people by identifying himself as a leader of Juba League, was detained along with his seven bodyguards and around Taka two crore in cash and Fixed Deposit Receipt (FDR) of about Taka 165 crore were seized from his capital’s Niketan office. Apart from the money, the elite anti-crime force also recovered illegal firearms, ammunition and drugs from Shamim’s office.

 

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