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Graft case: HC orders ex-OC to surrender to trial court within 7 days

  • Published at 12:42 am January 23rd, 2020
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The court also issued a rule asking why the lower court order that excluded the name of the OC from the graft case should not be void

The High Court has ordered former police official Md Choyruddin to surrender to the trial court concerned within seven days in connection with a graft case.

Md Choyruddin is a former officer-in-charge (OC) of Monirampur police station in Jessore.

The High Court on Wednesday ordered the former OC to give in to the lower court within the timeframe after receiving the certified copy of its order in the case. 

The court also issued a rule asking why the lower court order that excluded the name of the OC from the graft case should not be void. 

The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the order with rule after hearing a petition (criminal revision) filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Advocate AKM Farhan stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik accompanied by Assistant Attorney General Helena Begum China represented the state.

According to the petition, the OC collected and sold paddy from a disputed land without any type of court order at Nehalpur in Monirampur. 

Prabash Chandra, a farmer who cultivated the land, demanded money from the police official he got by selling paddy.

The former OC did not pay the amount, rather demanded bribe to the farmer, the petition said.

At one stage, Prabash Chandra gave an amount to the police official as bribe though the OC did not pay the desired amount of money back to Prabash. 

Later the farmer filed a case with the Jessore District and Sessions Judges Court on November 29, 2011.

The case was transferred to the ACC for investigation.

ACC Assistant Director Md Wazed Ali submitted the investigation report before the trial court on August 30, 2016. 

Meanwhile, during the case proceedings, the court excluded the OC's name from the case on July 3, 2019. 

Later, ACC filed the criminal revision with the High Court challenging the lower court order.

In another context, the same bench issued a summons to ACC Assistant Director Md Fazlul Haque for an explanation that why he excluded two names from another graft case.