Charge framed against Moudud in graft case

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Former BNP Law Minister arrister Moudud Ahmed

 

A Dhaka court today framed charges against former BNP law minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed in a corruption case filed during the regime of military-backed caretaker government.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes of the Special Judge Court-6 of Dhaka also fixed July 26 for recording statements of the witnesses of the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

At the same time, the court rejected an application filed by Moudud Ahmed, who was recently evicted from his Gulshan residence following a Supreme Court order, expressing no-confidence in Judge Imrul Kayes.

Contacted, Barrister Moudud told The Daily Star that the judge [Imrul Kayes] has framed charges against him in his absence and without asking him whether he is guilty or not guilty.

“The judge illegally framed charges against me, as he did not read out the charges before me and did not ask me whether I am guilty or not guilty. I had submitted an application to the judge, saying that I will not get justice from him (Imrul Kayes) as he was over enthusiastic to hurriedly frame charges against me, but he rejected the application,” he said.

 

The accused BNP leader said the judge has framed the charges against him although a revision petition against this judge’s order regarding his expenditure mentioned in the case has been pending with the High Court.

“I will now get the revision petition disposed of from the High Court. Then, I will challenge at the High Court the charge framing order in the case and will move a petition before the High Court for transferring the court where the case is pending,” he added.

ACC lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told this correspondent that Moudud Ahmed had challenged at the High Court and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court the legality of every step taken by the ACC regarding the corruption case against him.

The HC and apex court has cleared the way for the lower court to run the trial proceedings of the case, he said, adding that the lower court will not determine through examining documents, evidence and statements from the witnesses whether Moudud Ahmed had amassed wealth beyond his known source of income.     

 On September 16, 2007, the ACC filed the case against Moudud with Gulshan Police Station on charge of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income and withholding information about his assets.

The first information report (FIR) of the case said Moudud showed movable and immovable properties worth over Tk 13.23 crore in his account of wealth submitted to the ACC on July 23, 2007.

On May 15, 2008, the ACC pressed charges against Moudud in the case alleging that he (Moudud) amassed wealth worth over Tk 7.38 crore through illegal means and concealed information about wealth worth over Tk 4.40 crore from the commission.

Per capita income US$ 12000 by 2041, Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina tells parliament

Bangladesh’s per capita income will be US$12,000 and its economy size US$ 2.5 trillion by 2041, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tells the parliament on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

 

Bangladesh’s per capita income will be US$12,000 and its economy size US$ 2.5 trillion by 2041, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament today.

The premier said this during a question-answer session at the parliament.

In reply to a lawmaker’s query, Hasina, also the leader of the House, said four private economic zones have been given licences to set up industries while ten others given prequalification licences. 

Meanwhile, the Kaliakoir high-tech park is being constructed with a target to create employment opportunity for 1 million people in the IT sector by 2021, she said.

In reply to another query, the premier informed that the government has taken initiatives to build up more cancer specialists in the country as their number is very low comparing to total number of patients.

 

She also informed that Bangladesh will be the centre point of the economy in Asian region by 2041 and will play a remarkable role in local supply chain and global value chain as well as establishing regional, sub-regional communication and connectivity.

Hasina said Bangladesh will become the world’s 29th largest economy by 2030 and 23th by 2050.

26 AL men sued over attack on Fakhrul

BNP leader Fakhrul and six other BNP men were injured during the attack on Sunday, June 18, 2017. A case was filed over the incident today, June 21, 2017. Photo: Courtesy

 

Twenty-six activists of ruling Awami League and its front organisations have been sued over attack on BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other BNP leaders in Chittagong.

Enamul Haq, a former general secretary of Chittagong District Bar Association, filed the case with Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in the district around 11:00am, reports our local staff correspondent.

Later, the court ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the incident and submit a report by July 18, said advocate Abdus Sattar, lawyer of the plaintiff.

In the case, plaintiff Enamul, also a member of local Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, mentioned the names of the accused who are local activists of AL and its front organisations Jubo League and Bangladesh Chhatra League.

Fakhrul and his motorcade came under the attack in Chittagong while the BNP leaders were on way to landslide affected areas in Rangamati on Sunday.

Fakhrul and six other BNP leaders were injured during the incident.

Ruling MP wants to allow vote against budget

A ruling party lawmaker today voiced an opinion to amend the provision of constitution, allowing an MP to vote against respective political party.

Speaking at the parliament on 2017-18 budget, Awami League MP Maj Rafiqul Islam (retd) brought up Article 70 of the Constitution that scraps lawmaker status for voting against party.

“Because of Article 70 of the Constitution, ruling party MPs are bound to vote in favour of the party,” he said. “The finance minister thinks the MPs will pass anything he will place on the table.”

He demanded necessary amendment to the constitutional provision “so that the ruling party lawmakers can vote against the budget”.

Muhith draws flak in House

Also, Finance Minister AMA Muhith drew flak at parliament over the budget he placed – that has been the topic of discussion for hiked excise duty on bank accounts and flat VAT rate.

Criticisms were voiced from senior parliamentarians including Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, former minister Abul Kalam Azad, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo.

“Your duty is to submit the budget. Considering the betterment of the people, the 350 parliamentary representatives will decide what (provision) will stay, which will go,” Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said.

“Withdraw from stubbornness, talk less,” he said. “A bad impression will be created about Awami League over this small sum of money throughout the entire nation.”

Yesterday, Muhith categorically said the government would withdraw the proposed increase in excise duty on bank deposits amid continuous criticisms.

More aid for Rangamati, rain raises alarm

A man takes shelter under his umbrella as Rangamati experiences heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning since the morning of June 18, 2017. Photo: Prabir Das

 

Government has disbursed more aid for the landslide-affected Rangamati, where the death toll has surpassed 115 in the deadliest series of landslide in a decade.

An additional Tk 25 lakh of money and 200 metric tonnes of rice has been disbursed, said KM Ikhtiar Uddin, spokesperson for the local disaster management control room.

Until now, in total Tk 65 lakh and 400 metric tonnes of rice have been disbursed as aid in the area.

Meanwhile, today’s daylong rain has raised further alarm of landslide and more people have taken refuge in the 19 shelter homes across the district. Now, 2,500 people are residing in the shelters.

Bangladesh Army is coordinating relief distribution in seven of the shelter homes, police has charge of four, Border Guard Bangladesh four, and Red Crescent four.

 

Authorities are currently communicating with Rangamati through the Kaptai channel, where the transportation of goods has been made free of cost.

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