A Dhaka court on Tuesday framed charges against Awami League MP Abdur Rahman Bodi in a case, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed for accumulating wealth beyond his known sources of income.
Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Court-3 of Dhaka framed the charges as the accused failed to submit his wealth statement to the court within the stipulated time. Later, the court fixed October 6 for hearing the depositions of the witnesses to begin the trial of the case.Meanwhile, Bodi’s counsel Mahfuzur Rahman Likhon submitted a discharge petition to the court on Tuesday, that the court rejected after hearing and framed charge against him.
The charge was read aloud when the accused was in the dock of the court, he claimed himself innocent and demanded justice.
Earlier on August 21, last year, the ACC filed the case with Ramna Police Station accusing Bodi of amassing wealth illegally. He was elected MP from Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency.
As per the First Information Report (FIR), Bodi submitted his wealth statement to ACC on February 23, 2014, mentioning his and his family’s wealth worth about Tk 5.2 crore. However, examining his income tax return, the ACC probe found that he acquired over Tk 16.07 crore in last five years (2009-13) and earned illegal wealth worth about Tk 11 crore.
The incumbent lawmaker, in his wealth statement also mentioned an additional amount of nearly Tk 2 crore showing a higher price of his sold assets to make it justified.
On October 12, last year, a Magistrate Court of the CMM Court of Dhaka sent Abdur Rahman Bodi to jail in the case rejecting his bail petition after he surrendered to the court.
Later, on 27 October, the High Court granted a six months’ anticipatory bail to the accused MP. – Special Correspondent