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Conviction of ex-MP Iqbal’s wife, children upheld

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today revoked a High Court order that stayed a lower court judgement convicting wife, two sons and daughter of former lawmaker Dr HBM Iqbal in a graft case.

"A four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order disposing of plea of Anti-Corruption Commission against the rule issued earlier by the High Court," said ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan.

According to the ACC counsel, Mamtaz Begum, her sons Mainuddin Iqbal, Imran Iqbal and daughter Nowrin Iqbal will now have to surrender before the lower court and there is no legal bar to arresting the four.

The ACC on May 27, 2007, lodged the case against Iqbal and his family members for acquiring illegal wealth and concealing information in the wealth statement.

A trial court on March 11, 2008, sentenced Iqbal to 13-year imprisonment and fined him Taka five million. His wife and each children were sentenced to three-year imprisonment and were fined Taka one lakh. Iqbal surrendered before the court on 2010 and the High Court in 2011 acquitted him.

"But Mamtaz and her children did not surrender. Acting on a plea of the accused, the High Court on two occasions stayed the conviction order and issued a rule in this regard. The ACC on November 15 pleaded before the apex court to stay the High Court stay order," Advocate Khan added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)