A Dhaka court on Tuesday granted bail to Comilla City Corporation Mayor-elect Monirul Hoque Shakoo on his surrender before it and fixed May 24 for hearing against the accused in a corruption case.
Judge Zahidul Kabir of the Senior Special Judges’ Court passed the order.
On January 7, 2008, Shahin Ara Momtaz, an assistant director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), filed the case against Shakoo and his wife with Ramna Police Station for their alleged involvement in amassing Tk 4.57 crore illegally and concealing wealth of Tk 1.12 crore in statements submitted to the anti-graft body.
On April 18 this year, the court issued an arrest warrant for the BNP leader Shakoo after accepting charges brought against him in the case.
The acceptance of the charge sheet has created a scope for the government to suspend Shakoo, who won the Comilla mayor polls held on March 30.
According to Section 12 and 13 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act, 2009, a mayor or a councillor, if convicted or charge sheeted in criminal cases, can be suspended. The act also says any elected representative can be removed from office for skipping three consecutive general meetings without any valid reason.