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Latif Siddique gets bail in graft case

  • Published at 02:09 pm November 4th, 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

HC bench handed down the order on Monday

The High Court has granted six-month bail to former textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a graft case filed over misuse of power and corruption in selling a state-owned property.

The HC bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq handed down the order on Monday after hearing a bail petition.

According to case details, Latif Siddique misused the power vested upon him as the jute and textiles minister and sold 2.38 acres of land controlled by the Bangladesh Jute Corporation in Adamdighi upazila to one Jahanara Rashid in 2011, without floating a tender.

He sold the land for Tk23.94 lakh instead of the original market price of at least Tk64.63 lakh as per government assessment.

Aminul Islam, the assistant director of the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) Bogra branch, filed a case against Latif with Adamdighi police in December, 2017.

On February 18, ACC filed the charge sheet against Latif and Jahanara, at Bogra's Senior Judicial Magistrate Court.