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08 January 2017, Sunday
SC upholds stay order on Abbas’ trial proceedings
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Dhaka, Jan 8 (Just News): The Supreme Court today upheld a High Court order that stayed the trial proceedings against BNP leader Mirza Abbas in a corruption case filed for causing Tk 16 crore losses of the state by allocating plots to journalists.

Following a petition filed by Abbas, the HC on December 14 last year stayed the trial proceedings of the case for three months.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed the leave to appeal petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against the HC order.

Las year, the HC issued a rule asking the ACC and the government to explain in four weeks as to why the proceedings against the BNP standing committee member should not be scrapped.

The ACC filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on March 6, 2014, against Mirza Abbas and BNP leader Alamgir Kabir and three others on charges of allocating seven acres of Rajuk land to a journalists' cooperative society at a rate lower than the actual value.

Abbas was the minister of housing and public works and Kabir was the state minister during the rule of the BNP-led coalition.

A Dhaka court on October 20 last year framed charges against Abbas, Kabir and Bijon Kanti Sarker, former joint secretary of housing and public works ministry, in the case.

Abbas’s lawyer Sagir Hossain Leon told that his client is now on bail in the case.

 (Just News/gys/1250hr)

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