Sylhet Special Session’s Judge Court on Thursday upheld the verdict of the chief metropolitan magistrate court that sentenced industrialist Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hai to 14-year jail each for forging a government document to occupy Tarapur Tea Estate, a property devoted to a Hindu God.
Special public prosecutor Nawshad Ahmad Chowdhury confirmed New Age of the court order and said the special session’s judge Dilip Kumar Bhowmik dismissed an appeal filed against the verdict after holding a hearing on it in the afternoon.
He said Ragib Ali and his son were on bail in the case and they did not appear before the court during the hearing on Thursday.
‘The court will again issue warrants for their arrest as the bail will automatically be rejected,’ the SPP said.
He said that former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru and Sylhet bar senior member ATM Masud Tipu and Mainul Islam defended the appellants in the hearing.
The appeal petition was filed with the metropolitan session’s judge court on February 16, 2017 challenging the verdict of the lower court, the court sources said.
Earlier on February 2 in 2017, the then chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero jailed Ragib Ali and Abdul Hai to 14 years each for forging a circular of the land ministry to grab 423 acres of land of the tea estate at Akhalia in the city.
Ragib Ali and his family members grabbed the Tarapur Tea Estate in 1988 through forging the land ministry circular and constructed a number of illegal structures, including a medical college and a hospital on the occupied estate.
On January 19, 2016, the Appellate Division ordered Ragib to hand over the tea estate to its caretaker.
The SC also asked to resume trial in two cases filed by the then assistant commissioner (land) of sadar upazila, SM Abdul Kader, against Ragib Ali and is family member on charge of forging the land ministry circular and constructing illegal structures on the Tarapur Tea Estate.
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