HC asks to settle Babar’s corruption case within 30 days...

Dhaka, Monday   26 October 2020

HC asks to settle Babar’s corruption case within 30 days

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:20 PM, 14 October 2020  

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The High Court has directed to dispose of the corruption case filed against Lutfozzaman Babar, a former home minister of the BNP alliance government, who was sentenced to death in the August 21 grenade attack case. The trial court has been asked to dispose of the case within 30 days of receiving the High Court order.

A virtual high court bench comprised of Justice Md. Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohail passed the order on Wednesday canceling the plea of changing judicial court.

Lawyer Md. Khurshid Alam Khan heard on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik and Assistant Attorney General Mahjabin Rabbani Deepa represented the state. Lawyer Parvez Hossain appeared for Babar.

According to the case file, ACC Assistant Director Mirza Zahidul Alam filed a case with Ramna Police Station on January 13, 2008 for providing confidential and false information about the acquisition of assets worth Tk 7,05,91,896.

Later, ACC deputy director Rupak Kumar Saha investigated and filed a chargesheet on July 16, 2008. The case was examined under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code on March 1 this year after taking evidence at the Dhaka Special Judge's Court-7. 

Defendant didn’t agree in verbal testify and sought time for a written statement.  Thus three-time options were taken on behalf of Babar, but no statement was made. Later, the defendant applied to change the court.

But the High Court dismissed Babar's plea as there was no valid reason for the change. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for November 15.