Graft Case

SC clears way to continue trial against Moudud

Staff Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

SC clears way to continue trial against Moudud

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has cleared way for the lower court to continue trial proceedings of a corruption case filed against BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.

The SC upheld its previous order on Sunday, rejecting a review petition filed by former law minister Moudud Ahmed.

On April 8, 2019, the High Court summarily rejected a petition filed by Moudud Ahmed challenging the lower court order that dismissed his application for halting the trial proceedings.

In the revision petition, Moudud also prayed to the HC to stay the trial proceedings against him.

Earlier on May 14, the SC upheld the High Court order that cleared the way for the lower court to continue the trial proceedings against Moudud.

Moudud Ahmed earlier filed a petition with the High Court for halting the trial but in vain.

Later, he moved to the Appellate Division which also rejected his petition on Sunday. A six-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order, clearing way for Moudud’s trial in the case.

Former law minister Moudud appeared for himself while Khurshid Alam Khan for the ACC.

Khurshid Alam said the SC order has removed all legal barriers to the trial proceedings at the lower court.

During the caretaker regime in 2007, the then ACC Deputy Director Shariful Hoque Siddiqui filed a case against Moudud Ahmed.

On September 16, 2007, ACC lodged the case with Gulshan Police Station alleging that Moudud amassed illegal wealth worth Tk7.38 crore and concealed information about his wealth worth Tk 4.40 crore.