Tasnova Bashar of DOT
In a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over the misuse of power in leasing a piece of state-owned land, former Jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique got a six-month bail from the High Court yesterday, reports Daily Sun. His bail order was issued under the bench of Justice Obaidul Hassan and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque. In the hearing, Latif Siddique was represented by Advocate Monsurul Haque Chowdhury, while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). After the hearing of bail petition, advocate Khan said that they would move the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the bail order.
According to case details, Latif Siddique misused the power vested upon him as the jute and textiles minister and sold 2.38 acres of land controlled by the Bangladesh Jute Corporation in Adamdighi upazila to one Jahanara Rashid in 2011, without floating a tender. He also sold the land for Tk23.94 lakh instead of the original market price of at least Tk64.63 lakh as per government assessment, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Earlier, a case was filed against Latif with Adamdighi police in December, 2017 by Aminul Islam, the assistant director of the Anti-Corruption commission’s (ACC) Bogra branch. Later, on February 18, ACC filed the charge sheet at Bogra’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Court against Latif and Jahanara.