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SC upholds ex-MP Awal and his wife's bail in graft cases

  • Published at 12:52 pm February 16th, 2020
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They were accused of misappropriating government property

The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court order that granted an eight-week anticipatory bail to former Awami League lawmaker of Pirojpur AKMA Awal and his wife, in three corruption cases filed for misappropriating government property.

A four member bench of the Appellate Division bench headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed appeals on Sunday filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against the HC order.

On January 7, the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq passed the orders following three separate bail petitions filed by the former lawmaker and his wife Laila Parvin.

On December 30 last year, the ACC filed three cases against former Awami League MP AKM Awal and his wife Laila Parvin.

Earlier on December 24, the commission imposed a travel ban on the former Awami League lawmaker and his wife for grabbing government lands.

A letter regarding the ban was signed by ACC Deputy Director Ali Akbar and sent to the Special Branch of Police, Department of Immigration.       

According to the case files, former ruling party lawmaker AKMA Awal, misusing his power while in office, leased government land by providing false information and built a three storied building there in his wife's name.

Later, that building was rented to Pirojpur Rural Electrification Association. In a separate incident, the couple grabbed another piece of government land in Swarupkat upazila of the district and built a house there. 

The former ruling party lawmaker and his wife have also been accused of taking hold of a half acre plot of government land and building an illegal wall around it in Pirojpur district. The anti-graft body then sent a notice to the accused couple, asking them to submit their wealth statements.