The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order granting bail to senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, resolving a plea by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) seeking a stay on his bail.
The four-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order. “The Supreme Court’s order means there are no more hurdles to his release from jail,” said lawyer Khandaker Maruf Hossain, who assisted chief counsel Mahbub Uddin Khokon during Sunday’s hearing.
Mosharraf, a former minister, is in jail for almost two years in the case filed by the ACC, which accuses him of siphoning off Tk 90 million. “The court has resolved our petition with some observations,” ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam said. The top court, however, set some conditions while upholding bail for the BNP Standing Committee member.
In October last year, a Dhaka court indicted him, taking the case forward. ACC filed a case against Khandaker Mosharraf in February 2014, accusing him of laundering money while he was the health minister between 2001 and 2006.
The charges said that he had parked £804,142 in a joint account with his wife at the Lloyd’s Bank in the UK. The BNP leader claims that the money in question was neither illegally earned nor laundered out of the country.
He was arrested from his Dhaka home in March 2014 and has been in prison ever since. A Dhaka court denied bail to Khandaker Mosharraf, prompting to an appeal at the High Court in December the same year.
The court granted him conditional bail on August 19 2015, which the ACC challenged in the appeals court. The top court stayed his bail and ordered the ACC to file a ‘leave-to-appeal’ plea, which was resolved on Sunday, according to bdnews24.com. -Mithun