The Appeallate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stayed for two weeks a High Court (HC) bail order for BNP leader Dr 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 after hearing a plea moved against the HC order by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The apex court also asked the ACC to file a leave-to-appeal petition with this court against the HC order of bail in two weeks, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.
Earlier on August 19, the HC granted conditional bail to the BNP leader in the money laundering case.
An HC bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Bhishmadev Chakraborty issued the order in a hearing on a bail petition filed by Khandaker Mosharraf.
Nitai Ray Chowdhury, Khandaker Mosharraf’s lawyer, told reporters after the hearing that the HC granted the bail on condition that the accused will have to submit his passport to the court, take permission from it for travelling abroad and the money from the account at the United Kingdom-based bank concerned cannot be transferred.
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.- UNB