HC trashes Bodi’s appeal

DHAKA : The High Court on Thursday rejected the appeal of Awami League MP Abdur Rahman Bodi challenging the legality of the graft case filed against him by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) for accumulating wealth beyond known sources, reports UNB.
An HC bench of Justice Miftah Uddin Chowdhury and Justice Kazi Md Izarul Haque Akand turned down the plea on ground that it was not pressed.
Talking to reporters, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the trial of the graft case will continue as the appeal has been trashed. Abdur Rahman Bodi’s lawyer Probir Haldar said the HC had rejected their writ petition mentioning that it cannot be lodged against criminal cases.
Earlier on September 8 last, Judge of Dhaka Special Court-3 Abu Ahmed Jamadar framed charges in the case as the accused failed to submit the wealth statement to the court within the stipulated time.
The court also fixed October 6 for hearing the witnesses of the case.
Meanwhile, Bodi’s lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Likhon submitted a discharge petition to the court on Tuesday which the court rejected after the hearing and framed the charges against the accused.
Earlier on August 21 last year, the ACC filed the case with Ramna Police Station accusing MP Bodi (Cox’s Bazar-4) of amassing wealth illegally.
As per the FIR, Bodi submitted his wealth statement to the ACC on February 23, 2014, mentioning his and his family’s wealth worth about Tk 5.2 crore. Examining his income tax return, the ACC probe found that he acquired over Tk 16.07 crore in last five years (2009-13) and earned illegal wealth worth nearly Tk 11 crore.
Bodi in his wealth report also mentioned an additional amount of nearly Tk 2 crore showing a higher price of his sold assets to make it legal. On October 12, a Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka sent Bodi to jail in the case rejecting his bail petition when he surrendered before the court.
Later, on October 27, the High Court granted a six months’ anticipatory bail to the accused MP.