The Supreme Court yesterday refused to allow former BNP state minister for civil aviation Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and his son Mir Mohammad Helaluddin to move appeals before this court without surrendering to the lower court against the High Court verdict that upheld their jail sentences in a corruption case.
The HC on November 19 last year upheld a lower court verdict that sentenced Mir Nasir to 13 years and Mir Helal to three years in the case.
The HC also ordered them to surrender before the trial court within three months after the trial court receives the certified copy of its verdict.
Yesterday, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed two petitions filed by the two seeking its permission to move leave to appeal petitions before it challenging the HC verdict without surrendering to the trial court concerned.
Nasir and his son Helal must surrender to the trial court concerned to serve their jail sentences following the apex court order, Anti-Corruption Commission's lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star.
He said the trial court concerned has received the HC verdict in the first week of August this year.
Lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali and AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon appeared for Mir Nasir and his son during yesterday's hearing.
On July 4, 2007, an anti-graft tribunal sentenced Nasir to 13 years for committing two corruption offences and his son Helal to three years for abetting his father.
The Special Court-2 set up at the MP Hostel in the parliament complex also fined Nasir Tk 50 lakh and said in default, he would have to spend another two years in prison.
Nasir was handed 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for illegally accumulating wealth and three years' simple jail for concealing information of wealth worth Tk 6,72,68,000 in the report he had submitted to the ACC.
Helal was jailed for three years and fined Tk 1 lakh for trying to withdraw and transfer about Tk 5.64 crore from their family joint accounts to the accounts of his wife and mother-in-law to help his father conceal property information, the ACC lawyer said.
The special court also directed the government to confiscate their wealth worth Tk 27,94,91,000 which is disproportionate to the known sources of income of Nasir and his son.
On March 6, 2007, ACC Deputy Director Sharmin Ferdous filed a graft case against Nasir with Gulshan Police Station for amassing properties illegally.
According to the charge sheet, Nasir, his wife late Dalia Naznin Nasir, their daughter and son have wealth worth Tk 29.22 crore. But they showed properties worth about Tk 22.50 crore in the wealth statement, hiding information of properties worth Tk 6.72 crore.