The High Court on Wednesday paved the way for trial court to run the trial proceedings against BNP vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and three others in a case filed on charge of bribery.
The three other accused are: former State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar, Bashundhara Group director Abu Sufian and businessman Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal alias Econo Kamal.
After the final hearing on separate rules, the HC bench comprising Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Mahmudul Hoque rejected four separate petitions challenging the proceedings of the case against Tarique.
In its order, the HC said, “The earlier order of the High Court, which was stayed the proceedings against the accused petitioners, have been vacated. But, the petitioners will remain on bail in the case,” the HC said.
The HC also said that the trial court could cancel the bail of the petitioners, if they misuse the bail during the trial proceedings.
Barrister Raghib Rauf Chowdhury, one of the counsels for the petitioners, told reporters that Tarique Rahman is now in London for treatment, Babar is in jail and Sufian and Econo Kamal are now on bail in the case.
The body of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, 30, a director of Bashundhara Telecommunication Limited, was found in Gulshan on July 5, 2005.
On October 4, 2007, the ACC filed the case with Ramna Police Station against six people for the transaction of Tk 21 crore in bribe for not implicating one of Bashundhara Group Chairman Shah Alam’s sons in a sensational murder case filed in 2006.
The name of Tarique Rahman was not included in the first information report (FIR), but his involvement was found during the investigation.
During investigation, the ACC found that Tk 14 crore was transacted through cheques while Tk 7 crore in cash.
The ACC submitted charge sheet against eight accused on April 23, 2008. A special trial court framed charges against them on July 14 of the same year.
In 2008, Tarique and three others filed petitions with the High Court challenging the legality of the case and charge-framing.
After primary hearing, the HC stayed the case proceedings and issued a rule.
But, after the final hearing on the rule, the HC on February 16 fixed March 16 for delivering verdict on the petitions.
Barrister Mahabub Uddin Khokan and Barrister HM Sanzid Siddique stood for Tarique Rahman while Khurshid Alam Khan argued for the ACC. – Staff Reporter