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ACC challenges Ishraque’s acquittal in graft case

18 Jan 2021 14:52, Somoy English Desk
ACC challenges Ishraque’s acquittal in graft case
ACC challenges Ishraque’s acquittal in graft case

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a petition with the High Court challenging a trial court verdict acquitting Engineer Ishraque Hossain, son of late former mayor of undivided Dhaka City Corporation and BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka, of charges in a corruption case.

The appeal was included in the cause list of the HC single judge bench of Justice M Selim on Monday, said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan. 

On November 23 last, a Dhaka court acquitted Engineer Ishraque Hossain of charges in the corruption case.

Judge of the Special Judge Court-4 of Dhaka Sheikh Nazmul Alam delivered the verdict.

On January 16 last year, the court framed charges against Ishraque, who was the BNP candidate in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls, in the case filed by the ACC. 

ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Hossain, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge-sheet against him on December 6, 2018.

On May 5, 2019, a court issued a warrant for Ishraque’s arrest after accepting charges against him in his absence.
 
Ishraque surrendered before the court on December 9, 2019 and secured bail in the case.

ACC Assistant Director Shamsul Alam filed the case with Ramna Police Station on August 30, 2010.

According to the case statement, the national anti-graft body found during primary inquiry into the wealth of Ishraque and his sister Sarika Sadeque that they acquired wealth worth about Tk 5 crore beyond known sources of income.

On September 1, 2008, it asked them to submit their wealth statements within seven days which they failed to do.

As per the ACC findings, Ishraque has illegal wealth worth about Tk 3 crore while Sarika possesses wealth worth about Tk 2 crore.

Meanwhile, the case proceedings against Sarika Sadeque remained halted following a High Court order.

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