The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition filed by BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain challenging the trial proceedings and lower court’s indictment order against him in connection with a money laundering case.The High Court bench comprising Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Mahmudul Haque rejected the petition considering that the petition was no being pressed for hearing.
“There is no legal bar for the trial court to continue trial proceedings against Mosharraf in money laundering case,” Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, counsel for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), told reporters after the HC order.
On February 6 last in 2014, ACC director Nasim Anwar filed a case against Mosharraf under Money Laundering Act with Ramna Police Station in the capital.
According to the first information report (FIR), 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 Khandaker Mosharraf and his wife, Bilkis Akter Hossain, at Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking, Guernsey.
On August 14 last year, the same ACC official submitted charge sheet against the BNP leader under the Money Laundering Act.
A Dhaka court on October 28 last year framed the charges against him in the case.
Police arrested the BNP standing committee member from his Gulshan residence on March 10, 2014.
However, Mosharraf released from jail in last week after the apex court granted him bail in the case.