The High Court has issued separate rules, asking the authorities concerned to explain why bail granted by a lower court to former Awami League lawmaker AKMA Awal and his wife Layla Parvin in graft cases shall not be declared illegal.
A division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order on Thursday.The apex court decision came following petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging bail to the couple in three graft cases.
Advocate Khurshid Alam appeared for ACC, deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik for state and Sheikh Ausafur Rahman for the accused.
Khurshid Alam said AKMA Awal was accused in three cases and his wife in one case. They appeared before the court on January 7 in the three cases and sought interim bail. The High Court granted them bail for eight weeks.
On March 3, they surrendered before the court of Pirojpur district and sessions judge Md Mannan.
The court ordered the authorities concerned to send Awal and his wife to jail, rejecting their bail prayers in three corruption cases.
Later, the judge was stand released within four hours after he rejected bail.Later, acting district and sessions judge Nahid Nasrin granted the duo bail for two months following a review petition.
On December 30, 2019 Deputy Director Md Ali Akbar of ACC Barishal unit filed the three cases for grabbing a portion of government land behind the Land Office in Pirojpur Sadar Upazila and building two-storey building.
Later, he rented the building to Pally Bidyut Samity and rent agreement was signed by his wife Lyla.
Awal was elected as Pirojpur-1 lawmaker from ruling Awami League in 2008 and 2014.