The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court (HC) order that granted a conditional bail BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order disposing of a petition filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against the HC bail order.
Mosharraf’s counsel barrister Khandaker Maruf Hossain said as the SC upheld the HC bail order, now there is no bar to Khandaker Mosharraf’s release from jail.
ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam said the court resolved their petition with some observations and conditions.
He said the SC directed the trial court to complete the trial of the case in three months. “The trial court will be able to cancel the bail if the defendant files any petition seeking stay on the case hearing,” the ACC lawyer said.
Khandaker Mosharraf was arrested from his Gulshan residence on March 12, 2014 in the case. He has been in jail since then as the trial court denied him bail.
On August 19, 2015, the High Court granted the bail to Khandaker Mosharraf in the case on condition that the accused will have to submit his passport to the court and take permission from it for travelling abroad. He will also not be able to draw money from the account at the UK-based bank concerned.
The Appealed Division on August 27 stayed for two weeks the HC bail order after hearing on a plea moved against the HC order by the Anti Corruption Commission.
On February 6, ACC director Nasim Anwar filed the case against Dr 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.