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Graft Case Against Babar

Verdict Oct 12

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Verdict Oct 12

A Dhaka court on Monday fixed October 12 to deliver its verdict in a case filed against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 7.5 crore.

Judge Mohammad Shahidul Islam of Dhaka Special Judges Court-7 set the date after hearing the closing argument of both prosecution and defence in the graft case. During hearing, the prosecution told the court that they were able to prove the charges against Babar, and sought the highest punishment for him.

Besides, the defence lawyers sought acquittal of their client claiming that the prosecution failed to prove charges against him.

The court on September 21 had read out the charges framed against Babar and testimonies of the prosecution witnesses. The court thereafter asked Babar whether he wanted to plead guilty or not.

In reply, Babar, also a BNP leader, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice from the court in the case.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case against Babar with Ramna police on January 13, 2008, accusing him of amassing around Tk7.05 crore illegally.

Babar was arrested from his Gulshan residence on May 28, 2007. He was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment in an arms case on October 30, 2007.

ACC Deputy Assistant Director Rupok Kumar Saha submitted the charge sheet in the graft case on July 16, 2008.

A Dhaka court on August 12 the same year had indicted Babar in this case. He was also sentenced to death in the 10-truck arms haul and August 21 grenade attack cases.