HC asks for fresh summon on Tarique Rahman

HC asks for fresh summon on Tarique Rahman


The High Court on Tuesday asked authorities to issue a fresh notice on BNP leader Tarique Rahman about his surrender and acceptance of an appeal against a previous lower court verdict in which he was acquitted in a money laundering case.On Tuesday, a two-member panel of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Amir Hossain passed the order following an appeal by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.The court also ordered authorities to publish the notice in two national dailies and fixed February 14 for next hearing of the petition.On January 3, Khan prayed to a HC bench to fix a date for hearing its appeal challenging the acquittal of Tarique, elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in the case.The ACC had taken a move to get a ruling from the HC on the BNP’s senior vice chairman in the case involving Tk 20.41 crore.In 2009, the anti-graft watchdog filed the case against Tarique and his friend and business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun for illegally lsending Tk 20.41 crore to Singapore between 2003 and 2007.

On November 17, 2013, a Dhaka court acquitted Tarique and sentenced Mamun to seven years in jail and fined him Tk 40 crore.On December 5 that year, the ACC appealed to the HC, challenging Tarique’s acquittal in the politically sensitive case.Following the appeal, the HC on January 19 in 2014 asked the lower court to send the case records to it and ordered Tarique to surrender before the trial court.The money laundering case is one of the 16 cases filed against Tarique.He was arrested on March 7 in 2007 during a crackdown by a military-backed caretaker government.Tarique went to London in September 2008 for medical treatment and has been living there since then.Following an appeal filed by Mamun, the HC on April 29 in 2014 stayed his fine of Tk 40 crore.


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