The High Court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Proshika chairman Qazi Faruque Ahmed to imprisonment for a month for his failure to hand over possession of office to his successor in violation of its directive.
A single bench of HC comprising Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah passed the order.On August 10, 2009, rejecting a petition filed by Qazi Faruque, the High Court directed him to hand over his office to new chairman Advocate MA Wadud and revamped governing body.
Instead of complying with the order, Qazi Faruque orchestrated a criminal attack on Proshika office. Later, the HC issued a rule asking him to show cause as to why he will not be punished for contempt of court.
Disposing of contempt rule, the HC sentenced Faruque to imprisonment for a month.
On May 24, 2009, Qazi Faruque was ousted from Proshika on pecuniary and other irregularities. He filed a case with the lower court in Dhaka seeking an injunction on his ouster. As his petition was rejected, he filed an appeal with the district judge’s court. After rejection of appeal, he moved the HC with a provisional peal. But the HC rejected the revision petition and directing him to hand over possession of office to new chairman and governing body.
Qazi Faruque faced other legal steps also. On July 26, 2009, a Dhaka court indicted Qazi Faruque Ahmed and five others in connection with a money laundering case.
The others are Proshika’s former senior vice-chairmen Mahbubul Karim and David William Biswas, chief executive officer Yusuf Ali Miah, finance coordinator Alamgir Kabir and Mirza Aminur Rahman.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Qazi Faruque and others with Motijheel police station on June 9, 2008.
According to the case document, Faruque and the others spent US$24.69 lakh from Proshika funds for their children’s education abroad.