Gayeswar lands in jail on surrender
A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP Joint Secretary General Gayeswar Chandra Roy to jail in a case of extortion and concealing wealth information from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Judge ANM Bashir Ullah of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed the order after the former state minister surrendered before it and sought bail.
After hearing both the sides, the court placed him to jail, as the petitioner did not appear before it within the stipulated time of eight weeks given by the High Court (HC) on August 16.
The court also directed the authorities to provide him with division in the jail as per Jail Code and medical facilities.
Special Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol and Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu appeared for the state while advocates Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Masud Ahmed Talukder and Sanaullah Miah defended the accused.
Meanwhile, a large number of leaders and activists gathered on the court premises and chanted slogans demanding withdrawal of the case.
Earlier on August 3, the court issued an arrest warrant against the BNP leader.
Gayeswar, on March 9, obtained ad-interim bail from the HC till the submission of the probe report. His bail period expired as the investigation officer submitted the charge sheet on July 5.
On January 5 this year, the ACC filed the case against him on charges of extorting Tk 2.61 crore and concealing information of his wealth worth Tk 25.95 lakh in his wealth statement submitted to the commission on August 20 last year.
The statement said Gayeshwar owned properties worth Tk 1.28 crore, but he mentioned his wealth worth Tk 1.02 crore.
ACC Deputy Director SM Mofidul Islam alleged Gayeshwar extorted Tk 1.94 crore from the managing director of M/s Abdul Monem Ltd in 2004 after the company got the earth filling tender in Purbachal New Town Project of Rajuk during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
He also extorted Tk 67 lakh from the managing director of M/s Reza Constructions Ltd.