SC scraps HC verdict acquitting ex-MP of Bnp, Millat

SC scraps HC verdict acquitting ex-MP of Bnp, Millat

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped a High Court verdict acquitting former BNP lawmaker Rasheduzzaman Millat in connection with a corruption case.
In response to an appeal petition filed by the government challenging the HC verdict, the three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Najmun Ara Sultana also asked the HC to hold further hearing on Rasheduzzamn’s appeal.Following the apex court order, now the High Court has to hold rehearing on the appeal of Rasheduzzaman to examine whether the lower court verdict that sentenced him was correct or not, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, counsel for ACC, told reporters.
Rashduzzaman’s lawyer Barrister Badruddoza Badal said that his client would remain on bail until the HC disposes of his appeal.
In 2008, the trial court found Millat guilty of acquiring wealth worth Tk 50.10 million beyond known income sources and hiding assets worth Tk 48.25 million in his statement submitted to the Anti Corruption Commission.
He was given separate jail terms of a year and seven years on two charges.
Millat moved the High Court, which acquitted him from the charges in August 2010.
In 2012, the ACC filed a ‘leave-to-appeal’ petition with the apex court against the High Court verdict, which was resolved on Thursday.

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