The High Court (HC) on Tuesday deferred till April 27 the hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation polls Mirza Abbas in connection with a graft case.
An HC bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan came up with the order following a prayer made by the BNP leader’s counsel Barrister Moudud Ahmed and Advocate Joynul Abedin seeking a week’s deferment of the hearing on the bail petition. They told the court that they were waiting for a decision from Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on the split orders of another HC bench on the bail petitions of Abbas in two vandalism and arson cases.
Earlier, on April 15, a HC bench of Justice Qaumrul Islam Siddque and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore delivered split orders on two bail petitions of Abbas in connection with the two cases. Later, the court fixed April 27 for hearing on the petition.
Mirza Abbas is now an absconding accused in connection with one of the graft cases as an arrest warrant has already been issued against him by the trial court earlier.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case with Shahbagh Police Station on March 6 last year against BNP leader Alamgir Kabir and three others on charges of causing a loss of around Tk 15.52 crore to the government by allocating land to journalists.
Abbas filed the bail petition earlier this month apprehending that he might be arrested in the case as the ACC prepared charge sheet against him along with other accused.
On April 13, the HC bench of Justice Quamrul and Justice Tagore dropped the bail petition in connection with the case saying that there is a specific bench for hearing the petitions regarding graft cases.
Later, Abbas’s lawyer moved the petition before the HC bench of Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and the HC bench on April 16 fixed Tuesday for hearing on the petition.