The High Court on Tuesday acquitted Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad in a 25-year old corruption case that involved misappropriation of Tk 1.91 crore.
The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order.
On April 12, the HC concluded hearing on the appeals and fixed May 9 (today) for delivering the verdict.
Of the three appeals, one was filed by Ershad seeking acquittal in the case as a lower court had sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment in 1992.
The other two appeals were filed by the government for making the punishment stricter.
The former military dictator, now prime minister’s special envoy Ershad was convicted and sentenced with three-year imprisonment by a lower court back in 1992, one year after the case was filed accusing him of embezzling Tk1.91cr when he was in office.
The High Court stayed the execution of the verdict following Ershad’s appeal the same year.
Later on June 26 in 2012, the Anti-Corruption Commission became a party in the case following a High Court directive.
Two years later, the High Court had started the appeal hearing. However, the proceedings were stalled and the hearing resumed again after ACC filed a plea seeking its revival on November 30 last year.
bdtodays.com/rdhasan/09 May 2017