The Special Judge Court-1 of Dhaka yesterday morning (Wednesday) framed charge against BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a case filed for allegedly siphoning off Tk 9.55 crore to England.Judge M Ataur Rahman passed the order rejecting a discharge petition filed on behalf of Dr Mosharraf. He was produced to the court on the occasion. He pleaded not guilty and expected justice from the court. The court fixed November 29 to record the depositions of the witnesses.
On February 6 of last year, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Nasim Anwar filed the money laundering case with Ramna Model Police Station against Khandaker Mosharraf. Later, on August 14 of that year, the complainant and also the Investigation Officer of the asew Nasim Anwar submitted the charge sheet of the case to the court.
According to the case statement, Dr Mosharraf and his wife Bilkis Akhter deposited the alleged laundered amount to their joint account No. 108492 with Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking, St Peterport, UK. However, the name of Bilkis Akhter was dropped the charge sheet of the case.
After the case was filed, former minister Mosharraf secured advance bail on February 10 from the High Court. The anti corruption watchdog lodged an appeal with the Appellate Division, which later rejected the advance bail. Khandaker Mosharraf was arrested on March 12 and is still in the jail.