The High Court on Tuesday turned down the bail plea of Md Mostafa Kamal, Deputy-Divisional engineer (Civil) of Public Works Department, in three cases filed over graft in purchasing furniture and other household products for the officials and employees of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
The HC also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the engineer should not be granted bail in three graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and asked the authorities to respond to the rule within three weeks.
The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order.
Advocate Md Humayun Kabir stood for the bail petitioner while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin moved for the state.
In December last year ACC filed three cases on charge of Tk 169 crore irregularities in purchasing furniture and other household products for the officials and employees of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
A number of PWD engineers including Md Mostafa were made accused in the cases.
According to the case statement, Asif amassed around Tk 7.48 crore from the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project.
Reports published in different newspapers said excess money was spent on buying furniture, pillows and other items for Green City Housing Palli where officials and employees of Rooppur Power Plant will reside.
A pillow cost was shown around Tk 5,957 while lifting a kettle to the building cost was shown Tk 3,000.
A Dhaka court on Sunday denied the bail pleas filed by suspended councilor Irfan Selim, also son of Awami League leader Haji Selim, and his bodyguard Zahidul Mollah in a case filed over assaulting a navy official.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Nivana Khayer Jesi passed the order after hearing the bail plea filed by lawyer of the accused Shree Prannath.
Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan of Bangladesh Navy filed the case at Dhanmondi Police Station naming four people on October 26.
Apart from Haji Selim’s son Irfan and Zahid, the other accused are -- AB Siddique Dipu, 45, and Md Mizanur Rahman, 30. All four are now behind bars.
According to the case statement, a car hit Wasif's motorcycle near Labaid Hospital at Dhanmondi around 7:45pm when he and his wife were returning to their Mohammadpur residence from Nilkhet.
Some people came out of the car and physically assaulted the navy official and verbally abused his wife.
Rab arrested Irfan from his father Haji Selim’s residence on Devdas Lane in Old Dhaka on Monday afternoon. Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and liquor were seized from Irfan’s house during the drive.
Meanwhile, the government suspended Irfan from the post of councillor on October 27.
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A man convicted in a narcotics case was arrested from Daulatdia red-light district early Friday.
Goalandaghat police arrested Masud Rana Mondol, 30, who has been absconding since he was jailed for six years in a narcotics case filed in September 2016.
Rana, a resident of Goalanda municipality’s Ghunapara area, is the son of Kashem Mondol.
Goalandaghat Police Station’s Assistant Sub-Inspector Motaleb Munshi said Rana was sent to jail through the court on Friday.
The High Court (HC) on Thursday stayed a subordinate court order granting bail to Rashedul Haque Chisty, the son of former chairman of Farmers Bank’s audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, in a money laundering case.
A virtual bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Advocate Shahriar Biplob represented Chisty.
Alam said the HC also issued a rule seeking an explanation why the bail order of Chisty should not be cancelled.
Chisty will have to remain behind bars until the rule is disposed of, he said.
A Dhaka court on May 19 granted bail to Chisty. Later, the ACC filed an appeal with the HC challenging the order.
In 2018, the ACC filed several cases against Mahbubul Haque Chishty, the former chairman of the audit and EC committee of Farmers Bank, and his son Rashedul Chisty, the shareholder of the bank.
Five cases were filed against Rashedul.
Farmers Bank was established in June 2013 while investigations of Bangladesh Bank found massive irregularities in the bank’s loan disbursement along with Tk 159 crore of default loans in 2017.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday filed a case against four people, including Laxmipur-2 independent MP Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul and his wife, on charges of money laundering and amassing illegal wealth.
ACC Deputy Director Md Salahuddin filed the case at Dhaka coordinated office -1 against Papul and his wife Salina Islam, who is also an MP from a reserved seat in parliament, ACC Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattachary told UNB.
The Commission approved the case during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The couple's daughter Wafa Islam, Papul's sister-in-law Jesmin Akhter were also made accused of illegal transaction of Tk 148 crore and concealing information about properties worth around Tk 2.31 crore.
MP Papul is currently in Kuwait jail.
He was arrested in Kuwait in June in cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering. He was sent to prison there.
The Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze his bank accounts. The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kuwait dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.
The Attorney General of Kuwait decided to imprison the Bangladeshi MP for 21 days in the central prison, according to Arab Times. The Public Prosecutor decided to continue the imprisonment of the remaining accused and to release the owner of a company on bail of 2,000 dinars.