The Supreme Court has paved way for the Anti-Corruption Commission to resume investigation into the case over corruption and negligence in construction of embankments that collapsed causing flash flood in haor regions in April last year.
It stayed a previous High Court order that kept halted the case proceedings.
The apex court also asked the HC bench, led by Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury, to expeditiously hear and dispose of the rule issued over the legality of the case proceedings.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, performing functions of the chief justice, passed the order after hearing a leave to appeal petition filed by the ACC against the HC order.
There is no legal bar for the commission to run investigation now, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star yesterday.
The ACC filed the corruption case with Sunamganj Sadar police on last July 2 against 61 people, including Bangladesh Water Development Board's suspended superintendent engineer Nurul Islam and its additional chief engineer Abdul Hai, and 12 other officials for purposeful mismanagement and corruption in the construction of dams that caused flash floods causing untold miseries to people in the country's haor areas.
Following a petition filed by Bangladesh Water Development Board Contractor Bachchu Mia, who is an accused in the case, the HC on last December 12 stayed the case proceedings and issued the rule asking the ACC to explain why the proceedings should not be scrapped.