A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a woman to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment in a case filed for selling 6 decimals of land that belonged to her brothers and sister, by making forged documents in 2012.
Judge Dr Shaikh Golam Mahbub of the Special Judge Court-6 of Dhaka handed the sentence in presence of the convict, Syeda Shahana Lucy.
The court also fined her Tk 75 lakh, in default of which she will get three more years in jail.
The court acquitted four others including a retired sub-registrar as the charges brought against them were not proved.
According to the prosecution, Lucy made some forged documents in the name of her deceased mother Amena Khatun, in absence of her three expatriate siblings, in 2012.
Later, she sold the land to a Bangladeshi expatriate living in US, Syed Selim Ahmed, at Tk 1.5 crore, showing her elder sister Syeda Shahriar Begum as the seller, on December 17 of 2012.
Meanwhile, Lucy's brother Syed Aminul Haque, who lives in Sweden, returned home in January 2014 and came to know on January 20, 2014 that their land was sold through forged documents.
On January 30 that year, Syeda Shahriar Begum filed a fraud case against Syed Selim Ahmed and several others with Tejgaon Shilpanchal Police Station.
Criminal Investigation Department investigated the matter and later Anti-Corruption Commission probed into it, found allegation against Lucy and four others, and pressed charges against them in March 2014.