Haji Selim denied bail in Chamber Court
Published: 06:21 PM, 6 June 2022 Updated: 06:21 PM, 6 June 2022
Haji Mohammad Selim; File Photo
The Chamber Judge Court of the Appellate Division has rejected the bail petition of Haji Mohammad Selim, a Member of Parliament (MP) who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case filed by the ACC on charges of illegal acquisition of assets. However, the court has fixed August 1 for the hearing of the bail petition in the full bench of the Appellate Division.
The Chamber Judge Court headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order on Monday.
Barrister Sayeed Ahmed Raja heard the bail petition in court.
Earlier, on October 24, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Haji Selim with Lalbagh Police Station alleging illegal acquisition of assets. In this case, on April 27, 2008, the court sentenced him to 13 years in prison under two sections.
On October 25, 2009, Haji Selim appealed to the High Court against the verdict. On January 2, 2011, the High Court quashed his sentence.
The ACC later appealed against the High Court verdict. Following the hearing of the appeal, the High Court order was quashed on January 12, 2015, and the Appellate Division directed the hearing in the High Court again.
On March 9, the High Court upheld the 10-year sentence handed down by the court to Awami League MP Haji Mohammad Selim on charges of illegal acquisition of assets. However, in the same case, he was acquitted to three years for concealing information. He was asked to surrender in court within 30 days of the verdict. The High Court bench comprising Justice Md. Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Haque passed the order.
After the verdict was announced, the lawyer Md. Khurshid Alam Khan said Haji Selim was sentenced by a court to three years in prison for concealing assets in a case filed under Section 26 of the ACC Act. The High Court acquitted Haji Selim of withholding information as the allegation was not substantiated. The ACC could not prove the allegations, the court said.
However, the court sentenced Haji Selim to 10 years in prison for acquiring known non-income assets under Section 27 (1) of the ACC Act. The High Court upheld his sentence on that charge. At the same time, the court sentenced him to a fine of Tk 10 lakh and one-year rigorous imprisonment for non-payment.
Later on May 22, the Awami League MP surrendered to the court as per the rules. When bail was appealed for that day, the court denied it and ordered to send him to jail. Haji Selim was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on May 22 due to various physical complications including heart disease and diabetes.
Meanwhile, an appeal was filed on May 24 seeking the release and bail of Haji Selim.