SC rejects reviews of ex-BNP ministers scrapping HC acquittals

SC rejects reviews of ex-BNP ministers scrapping HC acquittals

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Wednesday rejected review petitions filed by eight people, including four former BNP ministers, for reconsidering its verdict that had scrapped the High Court verdict acquitting them of graft charges.Those who filed the review petitions they are: former communications minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda, former state minister for manpower Amanullah Aman and his wife Sabera Aman, former state minister for aviation Mir Nasir and his son Mir Helal, and former BNP lawmaker from Comilla Engineer Manjurul Ahsan.
However, the apex court disposed of a similar plea by former state minister for power Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku.
After hearing their review pleas, the four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha came up with the rejection order.
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, counsel for ACC, told reporters that the High Court will now conduct a fresh hearing over their petitions, which were filed against the trial court verdict sentencing them for several periods of times on charges of corruption.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) were filed separate cases against them on charges of corruption during the 2007-08 rule of a military-backed caretaker regime.
Later, the special judges courts set up at the National Parliament complex had sentenced them for several times on charges of corruption.
Later, all of them moved before the HC in different times challenging the trial court verdict.
In response to their appeal, the HC acquitted them of the charges after canceling the trial court verdict. But, the ACC moved before the Supreme Court against the HC order.
The apex court had scrapped the HC order that had acquitted them of the charges and directed the HC to rehear their pleas.
But, the petitioners moved with separate review petitions to reconsider the apex court verdict.  The apex court yesterday turned down their pleas paving the way of rehearing their pleas by the HC. – Staff Reporter

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