The Appellate Division on Sunday dismissed a government petition seeking a stay on the bail granted by the High Court to Anwar Hossain, an associate of suspended Faridpur Awami League leaders accused of laundering Tk 2,000 crore.
A six-member bench chaired by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, also refused to direct Anwar to surrender in the lower court as he is already freed from the bail.
Deputy attorney general Biswajit Debnath moved the government’s petition.
The online bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim on January 18 granted Anwar bail for six months in the money-laundering case.
Earlier on January 4, the same HC bench asked the Ant-Corruption Commission to explain in two weeks why the AL leaders Sazzad Hossain Barkat and Imtiaz Hasan Rubel, who are siblings, would not be granted bail in the money-laundering case.
The ruling awaits hearing by the High Court.
The police on June 7, 2020, arrested the two brothers in connection with a case of vandalising the home of Faridpur district Awami League president Subal Chandra Saha.
The police arrested Anwar Hossain on October 31, 2020, and he was later on November 16, 2020, shown arrested in the money-laundering case.
On November 17, 2020, the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Emrul Kayesh rejected his bail prayer.
Earlier on June 26, 2020, the Criminal Investigation Department filed the money-laundering case with Kafrul police station in the capital accusing Barkat and Rubel of having illegal income and laundering Tk 2,000 crore.
The Anti-Corruption Commission later on November 12, 2020, filed two separate cases against Barkat and Rubel for allegedly amassing illegal assets worth about Tk 73 crore and concealing information of wealth worth around Tk 54 crore.
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