Graft charges framed against ex joint secy | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 27, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 27, 2011

Graft charges framed against ex joint secy

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against a former joint secretary and four others in connection with a graft case filed for misappropriating Tk 13.26 crore in the name of rotten rice import from India in 1998-99.
The accused are former joint secretary of food ministry Mohammad Safayat Ali, the then deputy managing director of Rupali Bank Ltd Aminul Haque, its senior managing director Abu Bakar Laskar and proprietors of Asia Commodity Ltd Monir Ali and SM Arshad Amin.
Of them, Monir and Arshad have been absconding since the case was filed.
But the court could not frame charges against former food minister Motia Chowdhury and proprietor of Asia Commodity Ltd Mobarak Ali as the proceedings against them were earlier stayed on an order from the higher court.
Safayet, Aminul and Abu Bakar, now on bail, claimed themselves innocent and demanded justice before the court after Judge Mohammad Abdul Majid of the Special Court for Dhaka division read out the charges.
The court also summoned complainant Abdul Majid, an official of the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption, to appear before it on January 3, 2012 to give his deposition.

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