Publish: 16 Nov 2020, 05:01 pm
On Monday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the plea of the BNP leader and former State Minister for Civil Aviation, Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, on bail in a graft case until 14 December.
As senior lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali and Barrister Ruhul Quddus Kazal listed the matter before the court, a three-member Appellate Division virtual bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order, reports BSS.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan was present for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
On 8 November, Special Judge Court-2 Judge Ruhul Imran of Dhaka sent Nasiruddin, also the former Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation, to jail as he surrendered before the court and pleaded for bail in the case.
The accused after that filed a leave to appeal plea and also sought bail in the case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission on March 6, 2007, filed the case with Gulshan Police Station against Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and his son Mir Mohammad Helaluddin for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information about their properties.
A special judge court on July 4, 2007, sentenced Mir Nasir to 13-year imprisonment and Mir Helal to three-year imprisonment in the case.
The High Court on August 2 and August 10, 2010, however, scrapped the sentences against Mir Helal and Mir Nasir respectively. But acting on a plea of the anti-graft body, the Appellate Division on July 3, 2014, ordered the High Court to hear the case afresh and the court on November 19, 2019, upheld the lower court judgement against the accused.
It had also ordered the father and son to surrender before the lower court within three months of releasing the full text of the judgement. The Appellate Division on October 15 scrapped a leave to appeal petition against the High Court judgement.