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Dhaka court denies bail to 4 NSU trustees

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 30th June, 2022 06:39:04 PM
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Dhaka court denies bail to 4 NSU trustees

A Dhaka court rejected again bail petitions of four trustees of North South University (NSU) in a case for swindling money of the university and laundering it. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order on Thursday.

Aminul Islam, assistant director of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), confirmed the updates.

Four accused NSU trustees are MA Kashem, Benajir Ahmed, Rehana Rahman and Mohammed Shajahan. They  are facing the case and now behind the bar for embezzling Tk 304 crore of the university in the name of buying lands in Narayanganj.

Earlier, on June 20, the same court refused to hear the bail petitions on the ground of having no jurisdiction to entertain the matter as the High Court had already rejected their bail.

On May 5, the ACC filed a case against NSU Trustee Board chairman Azim Uddin Ahmed and four members— MA Kashem, Benajir Ahmed, Rehana Rahman and Mohammed Shajahan and Ashaloy Housing, and Developers Ltd Managing Director Amin Md Hilaly for embezzling over Tk 303.82 crore of the university.

The accused misappropriated the money in the name of purchasing 9,096.88 decimals of land in Rupganj of Narayanganj district at an overvalued rate.

The ACC lawyer argued that trustees purchased lands through overvaluation without the approval of the syndicate, UGC, and Education Ministry.

Earlier, the ACC probed the graft allegation against the NSU trustees following a complaint filed by Dr Sufi Sagar Sams, Adviser of the Protection for Legal and Human Rights Foundation.

Of the accused, four trustees moved to the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the case.

The High Court, on May 22, denying bail handed over NSU trustees to Shahbagh police to be arrested and produced before the trial court.