Monday 29, May 2023

ACC seeks cancellation of Samrat's bail

Time News Desk: The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed a criminal revisional application with the High Court seeking cancellation of the lower court order that granted bail to expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Samrat in a Tk 222 crore corruption case.

In the application, the ACC said the HC on May 18 had cancelled the bail granted by the lower court and ordered Samrat to surrender in seven days in connection with the case.

While the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on August 10 upheld the HC order, the lower court on August 22 granted bail to Samrat in violation of the SC order.

Samrat, who is accused of siphoning off about Tk 222 crore to casinos in Singapore and Malaysia between 2011 and 2018, was granted bail by the lower court on health ground.

"He said that he was very sick and receiving treatment in the ICU of a hospital. But he is moving around like a healthy man," ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told citing the criminal petition.

On August 26, three days after his release on bail, Samrat staged a show-down. He went to Dhanmondi 32 with thousands of Jubo League leaders and workers to pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

"Samrat has made a false statement before the lower court concerned. Therefore, the court below has wrongly granted bail to Samrat in the case."

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat may hold the hearing on the revisional application today, Khan added.


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