HC hearing on Mirza Abbas bail now on 27 April

HC hearing on Mirza Abbas bail now on 27 April

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The High Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on a bail petition of BNP leader Mirza Abbas until April 27 in a case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on charge of causing a loss of about Tk 15.52 crore to the government by allocating land to journalists.
An HC bench comprising Justice Mainul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hasan passed the order when Abbas’ lawyer Joynul Abedin filed a time-petition before the court.On March 6, 2014, ACC’s then deputy director Jatan Kumar Roy filed the case against five people, including former Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, for reportedly causing a loss of about Tk 15.52 crore to the government by allocating land to the journalists at a lower rate.
According to the case statement, former state minister for Housing and Public Works Alamgir Kabir sent a letter to the then Prime Minister in 2002 with a request for building a housing area for journalists, writers, artists and cultural activists without receiving any application from them.
In response, the then Prime Minister sent the letter to the Housing and Public Works secretary asking him to take steps as per the rules. As the matter was under process, Alamgir Kabir directed the Housing and Public Works secretary to allocate the land from a previously designed housing area.
Without taking permission from the ministry, the accused officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) for their personal gains allocated seven acres of land in the city’s Mirpur area to the Dhaka Journalists Cooperatives Limited at only Tk 3.39 crore against the “market value” of Tk 19 crore, violating the amended housing policy 1993.
On February 10, 2015, the ACC has approved a charge-sheet against five people, including Mirza Abbas, on charge of causing a loss of about Tk 15.52 crore to the government by allocating land to journalists.
The other accused, named in the charge-sheet, are former state minister for Housing and Public Works and BNP leader Alamgir Kabir, former joint secretary Bijon Kanti Sarker, NHA office assistant M Matiar Rahman and its cashier Mansur Alam. – UNB

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