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Sircar, Hamid get bail in graft cases

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to former speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar and former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui in four graft cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Judge Mohammad Zahirul Haque of the Senior Special Judge's Court passed the bail order after they surrendered before the court and sought bail in the cases.

The court fixed January 10 for passing an order on whether it would take into cognisance the charges brought against the accused.

The ACC on December 28, 2010 filed the cases with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in Dhaka.

The anti-graft body pressed charges against Sircar and Akhtar Hamid on November 7 and 8 this year.

According to one case statement, Sircar drew around Tk 27.86 lakh in the name of treatment abroad. He himself approved the amount, abusing his power as the speaker.

He was aided and abetted by Ashraful Islam, the then chief accounts officer of the Parliament Secretariat.

Sircar, now a BNP lawmaker, has been charged with abuse of power also in two cases filed against BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain and Akhtar Hamid for drawing around Tk 6 lakh and Tk 1.21 lakh in the name of overseas treatment.

Another case statement says Delwar moved furniture worth Tk 6.09 lakh from the chief whip's official residence to his own house. He did that on Sircar's approval, which was unlawful.

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