Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  
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Bidisha asked about 'money source, India contacts

The charge of investigation into the money laundering case against Bidisha, the estranged wife of military ruler HM Ershad, has been handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The case was handed over to the CID on Wednesday, previous investigation officer (IO) of the case Kazi Nure Alam, also officer-in-charge (OC) of Gulshan Police Station, informed yesterday.

Sources said members of the task force comprising officials of different intelligence agencies are continuing to interrogate Bidisha at the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH).

The task force interrogated Bidisha for about two hours yesterday morning mainly on the source of 16.10 lakh deposited in one of her bank accounts in London and her India visit, but could not glean any important information.

The interrogators asked Bidisha repeatedly about who she had met in India and the content of their discussions. She was also quizzed about her connection with a foreign intelligence agency and one Keramat Ali who deposited Tk 9 crore in one of her accounts.

"We have quizzed her to squeeze information on her bank accounts, source of money and her foreign connections, but we could not extract any important information," said one of the interrogators wishing anonymity.

Meanwhile, the High Court on Wednesday asked the government to present relevant information and documents on the money laundering case against Bidisha before the court on Saturday.

Police filed the case against Bidisha on charge of funnelling abroad local and foreign currencies worth Tk 21 crore.

BDNEWS adds, a Dhaka court yesterday extended the bail of Bidisha up to June 30 in the marriage-cheating case.

Bidisha's counsels alleged that despite obtaining bail, Bidisha could not enjoy the benefit of the court order as the Central Jail authorities did not release her after police filed another case against her and showed her arrested.

After hearing the submission, Additional District and Sessions Judge Qamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order. The same court on June 16 had granted her an ad-interim bail.

The police, however, did not produce her in the court although she was scheduled to be. Bidisha is now at the prison cell of the BSMMUH where she has been staying since she had been arrested in the money laundering case.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bidisha's counsels sought before the court her bail in the money laundering case and the court fixed Saturday as the next hearing date.