Graft case: HC bench assigned to hear Ershad’s appeal
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha today assigned a High Court bench for hearing three separate appeals in a 25-year-old corruption case filed against former president HM Ershad.
Later, the bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Bhishmadev Chakraborty fixed a date for the hearing the appeals, Anti Corruption Commission's lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star.
One of the three appeals was filed by Ershad challenging the lower court verdict that sentenced him to three years imprisonment in the case. On the other hand, the two other appeals were filed by the government for enhancing the sentence of Ershad.
On March 23, the bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus refrained from delivering verdict on the appeal filed by Ershad against the lower court judgement against him.
The then Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac), which became defunct after formation of the ACC in 2004, had filed the case against Ershad with Cantonment Police Station in 1992 on the charge of misappropriating Tk 1.91 crore by misusing powers at different times when he was the president from December 11, 1983 to December 6, 1990.