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SC upholds ex-minister Latif Siddique’s bail

  • Published at 12:24 am November 18th, 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

On November 11, the top court had stayed a six-month interim bail granted by the High Court on November 4

The Appellate Division has upheld bail, granted by the High Court, to former minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a corruption case and paved the way for his release from jail.

A four-member bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, yesterday passed the order and rejected the leave to appeal petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.

Following the order, there was no legal bar to Latif’s release from jail, said his lawyer Monsurul Haque Chowdhury.

On November 11, the top court had stayed a six-month interim bail granted by the High Court on November 4.

Another High Court bench had turned down the former minister’s bail petition on October 1. He sought bail from the court on September 26.

A corruption case was filed at Adamdighi police station in Bogra against Latif and one Jahanara Rashid on October 17, 2017, for allegedly incurring a loss of Tk40.7 lakh to the state.

According to case details, Latif sold 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Jahanara without floating tender.

On February 18, ACC Assistant Director Md Aminul Islam submitted the charge sheet against him in the corruption case.

On June 20, a Bogra court had sent Latif to jail, rejecting his bail plea.