Niaz Rahim, chairman of superstore chain Agora, has been released on bail hours after he was sentenced by a Dhaka court to one year imprisonment each in two cases started in 2008 for selling adulterated ghee.
Special Magistrate of Pure Food Court Mehedi Pavel on Thursday granted him bail on condition that he would challenge the conviction within 30 days.
Niaz had filed two petitions seeking bail after Pure Food Court judge Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbub Sobhani had found him guilty in both cases.
Judge Sobhani also fined him Tk50,000 in each case, in default of which he would suffer one month in jail.
Niaz was present during the sentencing in judge Sobhani’s court at the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) building.
However, Niaz, also one of the directors of business group Rahimafrooz, was released from police custody after he was granted bail.
He will now be able to move the court of sessions judge or the metropolitan sessions judge against his conviction and sentence.
Erstwhile Dhaka City Corporation’s Food Inspector Fakhruddin Mobarak had filed both lawsuits with the Pure Food Court in 2008 against Agora authorities after seizing adulterated ghee from the superstore’s Moghbazar branch in the capital in August that year.
The court had framed charges against the Agora chairman in November.