A Dhaka court on Sunday sent Bangladesh National Alliance chairman and former minister of Bangladesh Nationalist Party government Nazmul Huda to jail after his surrender in a bribery case.
Judge HM Ruhul Imran of Dhaka Special Judge Court-3 passed the order rejecting his prayer seeking bail in the case in which he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.
Huda appeared before the court about 12:30pm and sought bail in the case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission on March 21, 2007.
ACC filed the case with Dhanmondi Police Station against Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda for taking Tk 2.40 crore as bribe from Meer Zahir Hossain, managing director of a construction firm.
On August 27, in the same year, a special court sentenced Nazmul Huda to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and Sigma to three years’ imprisonment.
Nazmul Huda was also fined Tk 2.50 crore and in default one more year in jail.
The court also ordered the amount of bribe money, taken by Nazmul Huda with the help of his wife, to be confiscated by the state.
The couple, later, filed an appeal with the High Court challenging the verdict.
Following their appeal, the HC on March 20, 2011 acquitted the couple of the corruption charges. The court also discharged the review petition filed by the appellant.
Later, the ACC appealed to the Supreme Court against the HC order.
The Appellate Division on December 1, 2014 scrapped the acquittal and asked the HC to hold a fresh hearing on their appeal.
In 2017, HC commuted the jail term of Nazmul Huda to four years’ imprisonment from seven years’ jail sentence and asked him to surrender to the lower court.
On January 8, 2018, Supreme Court rejected Nazmul Huda’s petition to allow him to file an appeal with the apex court against the High Court verdict without surrendering to the lower court.
On November 18, 2018, the High Court released its full verdict delivered in November 2017 asking Nazmul Huda to surrender to the lower court in 45 days after receiving the HC verdict by the lower court.
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