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Skipping ACC interrogation

HC wants to know steps taken about corruption of 17 CBA leaders of Biman

| Updated: January 30, 2021 11:29:23

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HC wants to know steps taken about corruption of 17 CBA leaders of Biman

The High Court on Thursday wanted to know from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) what steps had been taken or whether any step had been taken against the 17 CBA leaders of Biman Bangladesh Airlines who did not respond to the notice of the ACC six years ago.

The anti-graft body has been asked to comply with the order within seven days.

The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after holding hearing on a petition filed in this regard.

The 17 CBA leaders are then CBA president Md Mashiqur Rahman, vice-presidents Anwar Hossain, Azharul Imam Mazumder and Md Younus Khan, secretary Md Montasar Rahman, assistant secretary Md Rubel Chowdhury, organising secretary Md Rafiqul Alam, assistant organising secretary Md Abul Kalam, finance secretary Md Atiqur Rahman, office secretary Md Harunur Rahman and publication secretary Abdul Bari.

The list also included cultural secretary Md Ferozul Islam, social welfare secretary Md Abdus Sobhan, women affairs’ secretary Asma Khanom, international affairs’ secretary Golam Kaiser Ahmed, executive members Md Abdul Jabbar and Md Abdul Aziz.

Advocate Manzill Murshid took part in the hearing on behalf of the writ petitioner, while Advocate MA Aziz Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.

The ACC on January 12 in 2014 issued a notice to these 17 CBA leaders to appear before the anti-graft body over corruption charges.

But the 17 leaders skipped the interrogation session even after getting the ACC’s summons. Rather the leaders said they would legally deal with any step the ACC might take.

Later on February 03 in 2014 a rights organisation, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the inaction of the ACC to take steps against the CBA leaders.

After primary hearing on the writ petition, a High Court on February 10 in 2014 issued a ruling asking the respondents to explain as to why their inaction to interrogate the 17 CBA leaders of Biman Bangladesh Airlines for not responding to summons issued by the ACC should not be declared illegal.

The civil aviation secretary, Biman Bangladesh Airlines managing director, ACC chairman, National Board of Revenue chairman, Biman’s CBA president and general secretary were asked to comply with the ruling within two weeks.

Lawyer Manzill Murshid said the writ petition came to the cause-list of the High Court bench for hearing on Thursday. Upon hearing the High Court passed the order, added the lawyer. 

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