Monday, 4 July, 2022

Haji Salim sent to jail on surrender

A court in Dhaka on Sunday sent ruling Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim, who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in a corruption case, to jail after he turned himself in to the court following a High Court order.

He appeared before Judge Shahidul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge's Court-7 and pleaded for bail on any condition. He also submitted two other pleas, one for providing him with proper treatment and the other to provide first-class division facilities in jail.

The prosecution opposed the bail petition, but raised no objection to the two other petitions.

In his petition, Haji Salim’s lawyer Pran Nath said, “He lost his ability to speak after suffering a brain

haemorrhage during a heart surgery in 2016. He is receiving treatment at home and abroad. If he is sent to jail, any kind of accident may happen for lack of proper treatment.”

The High Court on March 9, 2021, upheld a lower court judgement that sentenced the legislator to 10 years in prison for amassing illegal wealth.

The court, however, had acquitted the AL leader of the charge of concealing information in his wealth statement, for which he was given a three-year prison sentence.

The High Court ordered Haji Salim to surrender himself before the lower court concerned within 30 days of receiving the copy of the judgement.

The trial court on April 27, 2008, convicted Haji Salim and sentenced him to a total of 13 years’ imprisonment under two sections in the case, which was filed by the ACC on October 24, 2007.

He appealed against the judgement to the High Court on October 25, 2009.

The High Court on January 2, 2011, acquitted him of the corruption case, making the anti-graft body to appeal against the High Court verdict.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on January 12, 2015, scrapped the High Court verdict and ordered it to hold the hearing afresh.