Some in prison, some intact for the same charge







Considering the gravity of the offence, the High Court remanded four defendants in a money laundering case into custody rejecting their early bail applications. They are now in jail as the trial court also rejected their request for bail.

However, the other two defendants in the case are still intact.

The Anti-Corruption Commission filed a complaint on May 5 with the ACC Integrated Office in Dhaka against six people, including five administrators of North-South University, for misappropriation of Tk 3.03 billion during the purchase of land for the institution.

According to the case brief, by circumventing the North-South University Syndicate, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Education, some members of the university’s board of trustees purchased 9096, 88 decimal places in the name of campus development by paying a supplement. of 3.03 billion taka which was then embezzled.

Among the defendants, the four university trustees, MA Kashem, Benajir Ahmed, Rehana Rahman and Moahammad Shajahan, filed the application for early bail with the High Court on May 16.

After hearing the petition, the High Court on May 22 sent four administrators of North-South University into police custody at Shahbagh Police Station in Dhaka after rejecting their early bail application filed in the corruption case.

The Officer in Charge of Shahbagh Police Station has been requested to place the accused administrators in the relevant lower court within 24 hours of their pick up.

The High Court bench of Judge Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Judge Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order after holding a hearing on the motion filed by the administrators.

Later, the four administrators, MA Kashem, Benajir Ahmed, Rehana Rahman and Moahammad Shajahan, were brought before a magistrate’s court in Dhaka and, after hearing a hearing, the court denied their request for bail and the sent to prison.

Although the four defendants have already been sent to jail after their early bail appearances, the other two defendants, NSU Board Chairman Azim Uddin Ahmed and Ashaloy Housing and Developers Managing Director Amin Md Hilali, are still intact.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the ACC and other law enforcement agencies were looking for them to arrest them. They have committed a prosecutable offense, so they will be arrested at any time, the lawyer added.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik, who vehemently opposed the early bail of the four administrators during the High Court hearing, said the other two defendants must go to court immediately . There can be no different rule in their cases, the state’s attorney added.

In the meantime, the government has taken the initiative to reconstitute the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the North-South University by excluding the five trustees. A proposal in this regard will soon be sent to the Chancellor of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education sources said.

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