SC clears way for Latif’s release in graft case

Staff Correspondent

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for release of former textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a corruption case.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain upheld bail earlier granted by the High Court to Latif.

The SC passed the order on Sunday rejecting a leave-to-appeal filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging the bail. Following the SC order, there is no legal bar for Latif Siddique to get released from jail. Earlier on November 11, the SC stayed bail of Latif Siddique, following a petition by ACC which filed the graft case.

Initially, the SC halted the bail until November 17 and asked ACC to file a leave to appeal against the HC order that granted the bail.

On November 3, High Court granted six months’ bail to Abdul Latif Siddique in the case. Latif Siddique, the former lawmaker from Tangail-4 constituency, was in charge of the textiles and jute ministry during Awami League’s 2009-13 term.

On October 17, 2017, Aminul Islam, an assistant director of the ACC’s Bogura branch, instituted a case against Latif Siddique and his acquaintance Begum Jahanara Rashid at Adamdighi Police Station.