The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a six-month interim bail granted by the High Court to former minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui in a graft case. An Appellate Division bench comprising four-members, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed the bail till November 17 on an appeal by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The bench has ordered the commission to file a leave-to-appeal by November 17, ACC lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told reporters. Latif Siddiqui was granted the interim bail by the High Court on November 4. Another bench of High Court had denied his bail petition on Oct 1. The former minister sought bail from the court on Sep 26.
A graft case was filed with Adamdighi Police Station against Siddiqui and one Jahanara Rashid on October 17, 2017. They were accused of incurring a loss of Tk 40.7 lakh to the state. In accordance with case statement, Siddiqui sold 2.38 acres of land of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at Dariapur village in Adamdighi upazila to Jahanara without floating tender.
Earlier on February 18, ACC Assistant Director Md Aminul Islam submitted the charge sheet against Siddiqui in the corruption case. On June 20, a Bogura court put Latif Siddiqui behind bars rejecting his bail plea in the case.
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