DHAKA, Dec 20, 2016 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today upheld High Court order on concluding proceedings of the case against JP Chairman and former president HM Ershad for corruption in purchasing radar, by March 31, 2017.
Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Md Nizamul Huq passed the order sending the matter to be heard by a full bench on January 2, 2017.
The High Court on November 24 ordered the trial court concerned to conclude proceedings of the trial by March 31, 2017.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan had passed the order while accepting a plea of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for examining the witnesses who have not been testified in the case.
ACC filed the petition with the High Court as the lower court on November 8 dismissed its plea to record the depositions of all the witnesses in the case.
The now-defunct Anti-Corruption Bureau on May 4, 1992, lodged the case against the Jatiya Party leader for causing a loss over Taka 64 crore to the state exchequer by purchasing substandard radar from the USA on higher price instead of buying a most modern version from France.
Charge sheet was given in the case on October 27, 1994. The lower court had examined 12 out of the total 38 witnesses in the trial and started hearing of arguments in the case.
But ACC has filed the plea to examine the rest of the witnesses for the sake of justice.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)