Latif Siddiqui seeks HC bail in graft case

Staff Reporter :
Former Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charge of misuse of power in selling a government property.
The case was listed on yesterday’s cause-list of the High Court bench of Justice Shahidul Karim and Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan for hearing.
Advocate Subrata Kumar Kundu filed the petition on September 24, 2019, on behalf of the former Minister. Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared in the court on behalf of the ACC.
On July 7, 2019, the High Court issued a rule asking the Anti-Corruption Commission and the government to explain in four weeks as to why Latif Siddiqui, who is now in jail, should not be granted bail in the case.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued the rule following a petition filed by the former minister seeking bail in the case.
But on August 22, 2019, the rule was rejected, sources said. In this circumstance, his lawyer again filed a bail petition.
ACC Assistant Director Aminul Islam lodged the case with Adamdighi Police Station in Bogura district on October 10, 2017. Jahanara Rashid, wife of late Harunur Rashid in Kalitala of Adamdighi upazila, was also made accused in the case.
According to the case statement, Jahanara leased a piece of land in Adamdighi, owned by Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, for three years at Tk 1.2 lakh per year on May 13, 2010. On November 13, 2011, Jahanara applied to the ministry for purchasing the land.
Later, the then Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui, without floating any formal tender, awarded the land to Jahanara at Tk 2.39 million although its market price was Tk 6.46 million, resulting in a loss of Tk 4.06 million.
Following the incident, the ACC filed the case against Abdul Latif and Jahanara under the Penal Code and section 5(2) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 1947.
On June 20 this year, a Bogura court sent Latif Siddique to jail in the case rejecting his bail petition.