ACC seeks stay on BNP MP Harun’s bail

Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) – The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a stay on a High Court order that had granted a six-month interim bail to BNP MP Harun-ur Rashid Harun in a case filed for abusing duty-free import privilege.

Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman sent the appeal to the regular bench fixing Wednesday for hearing, said ACC’s lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Joynul Abedin and Harun’s wife Advocate Asifa Ashrafi stood for the BNP MP.

On Monday, the HC granted the interim bail to Harun and also stayed the lower court verdict slapping a fine of Tk 50 lakh on him.

On October 21, a court here sentenced Harun, MP from Chapainawabganj-3 constituency, to five-year imprisonment and fined him Tk 50 lakh in the case.

The court had also sentenced Managing Director of TV channel NTV Enayetur Rahim Bappi to two years’ jail with Tk 1 lakh fine while businessman Imtiaz Sadeque to three years’ imprisonment with Tk 40 lakh fine.
According to the prosecution, Harun imported a duty-free vehicle at Tk 11.65 lakh in 2004. Later, he in collusion with Imtiaz sold out the vehicle to Enayetur Rahim at Tk 97 lakh.

Later, sub-inspector Mohammad Yunus Ali of Tejgaon Police Station filed a case against MP Harun and two others on March 17, 2007.

In July, 2007, ACC Assistant Director Monayem Hossain after investigation submitted a charge-sheet before the court against the trio.