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Ex-minister Latif Siddique jailed in graft case

  • Published at 05:04 pm June 20th, 2019
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File photo: Police escort Latif Siddique to jail from the Bogra court premises on Thursday, June 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Siddique made a criminal breach of trust and made the public exchequer incur a loss of Tk40.69 lakh

A Bogra court has sent former textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique to jail over graft charges.

Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar of Bogra Special Judge Court after a hearing on Thursday rejected Latif’s bail petition in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over the misuse of power in leasing a piece of state-owned land.

ACC’s Public Prosecutor (PP) Abul Kalam Azad confirmed it to Dhaka Tribune saying: “Arrest warrants were issued against Latif Siddique and one Begum Jahanara Rashid."

Earlier, Latif Siddique appeared before the court with a bail petition, but the court sent him to jail after rejecting the plea.

Advocate Al Mahmud stood for the defence while Abul Kalam Azad stood for the prosecution.

According to the prosecution, Latif Siddique had misused the power vested upon him as the jute and textiles minister and sold 2.38 acres of land at Ranirnagar Bazar in Adamdighi upazila to one Jahanara in 2011 — flouting the rule of selling government land after floating tenders.

By selling the land at Tk23.94 lakh instead of the original market price of at least Tk64.63 lakh, Siddique made a criminal breach of trust made the public exchequer incur a loss of Tk40.69 lakh.

On February 18, the ACC filed the charge sheet against the two, at the district’s Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court.