A Sylhet court on Thursday fixed February 26 for delivering its verdict in a case filed against six people, including industrialist Ragib Ali and his son, on charges of misappropriating money through grabbing the endowment property of Tarapur Tea Estate.
Sylhet Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero set the date after concluding closing arguments from both prosecution and defence lawyers.
Additional Public Prosecutor Mahfuzur Rahman said the court recorded testimonies of 22 prosecution witnesses out of 33 during the trial proceedings.
Earlier on February 2, the same court awarded Ragib and his son Abdul Hai to 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case filed for forging land ministry documents to acquire the Tarapur Tea Estate.
On August 25, 1999, the then parliamentary watchdog on land affairs found that the Tarapur Tea Estate grabbed a vast area of an endowment property and set up several establishments on the land illegally.
Later, the subcommittee of the parliamentary watchdog recommended taking legal action against the illegal occupants.