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SC clears Jannati's bail

Update : 16 Mar 2015, 02:18 PM

The Supreme Court on Monday has upheld a High Court verdict that granted bail to young entrepreneur Jannati Hossain in a case filed over the death of her business partner Mostamsir Ashraf.

Chamber Judge Justice M Imman Ali passed “no order” on a petition filed by the government seeking a stay order on the High Court verdict clearing the way for her release from jail.

On March 12, a High Court bench granted her bail in the cases – one filed by police and another by Mostamsir's family members.

The court also said although there was no evidence of planned killing in this case, the trial court would examine whether there is any element of murder charge in it.

Deputy Attorney General Masud Hasan Chowdhury told reporters that there would be no bar for her release once the copies of the court order reached the jail authorities.

Jannati crashed Mostamsir's car into a parked police van near the capital's Mohakhali flyover on July 11, 2014. Mostamsir who was in the front passenger seat died on way to a nearby hospital. Tejgaon police sued injured Jannati for reckless driving and arrested her.

But after 10 days, Mostamsir's family lodged a case against Jannati, husband Raymen Siddique, her brothers Jubair and Junaid and father Delwar Hossain alleging it was a planned murder to take over his business. The plaintiff, however, did not mention how Mostamsir had been murdered.

They also alleged that police had been involved in the conspiracy but did not make them accused in their case.

Mostamsir is the son of Khan Mohammad Abdul Mannan, a former district court judge now serving as the inspector general of registration (land). Of the 15 people named as prosecution witnesses, four are high-profile government officials.

Jannati's family members allege that Mannan was influencing the case. However, Mostamsir's father denied the allegations.

According to the post mortem report, Mostamsir died in an accident and police said his seat belt was not fastened. The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority report stated that the car suffered a mechanical failure.

Jannati was denied bail by the lower courts several times while judges of two High Court benches felt embarrassed to hear her bail petitions. On December 10, another bench issued a rule on the authorities concerned to explain why Jannati should not be granted bail in the murder case.

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