BNP leader Mosharraf again denied bail

BNP leader Mosharraf again denied bail

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The High Court on Sunday once again denied bail to detained BNP senior leader Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case. An HC bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed rejected the bail petition of Mosharraf, also a member of BNP Standing Committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, as not pressed. Earlier, another HC bench comprising Justice Borhanuddin and Justice KM Kamrul Kader returned the bail petition of Mosharraf on the ground that there is a specific allegation of money laundering against him in the case. Barrister Moudud Ahmed appeared for the accused while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state. On February 6, ACC director Nasim Anwar filed the case against Khandaker Mosharraf with Ramna Police Station in the capital. According to the first information report (FIR), Dr Mosharraf laundered nearly 8.04 lakh British pounds (equivalent to Tk 9.54 crore) to the United Kingdom when he was the Health and Family Welfare Minister during 2001-2006. After examining the evidence and other documents, the ACC found a fixed term deposit of about 8.04 lakh British pound in a joint account (AC 108492) of Dr Khandaker Mosharraf and his wife, Bilkis Akter Hossain, at Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking, Guernsey. On February 10, the HC granted six months’ anticipatory bail to the BNP leader in the case. However, on February 24, the Supreme Court cancelled the High Court order that granted anticipatory bail to Mosharraf in the money laundering case following a petition moved by ACC. – UNB

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