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Engr Mosharraf, Ilias Ali granted HC bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to former Awami League (AL) minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain in a case filed for breaking the emergency power rules and ex-BNP lawmaker Ilias Ali in an extortion case.

Meantime, the Appellate Division refused to accept the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) leave to appeal petition against an HC order that had granted anticipatory bail to Dr Taslima Zaman Ahmed, daughter of AL leader Tofail Ahmed, in a corruption case.

Granting Engr Mosharraf ad-interim bail, the HC bench of justices Khademul Islam Chowdhury and Mashuque Hosain Ahmed also directed the authorities not to arrest or harass him and issued a rule on the government to explain in two weeks as to why bringing the charges against him should not be declared illegal.

Earlier on July 28, the HC had granted Mosharraf two months' bail in two other cases, following which he was released from Kashimpur Jail on August 1, only to be rearrested at the jail gate on charges of breaking the emergency power rules.

He was first arrested on February 25 last year as he went to the ACC to report his wealth.

Granting Ilias Ali anticipatory bail, the HC bench of justices Sharif Uddin Chaklader and Md Emdadul Haque Azad issued a rule on the government to explain why petitioner Ilias should not be given regular bail in the case.

A Union Parishad member in Sylhet sued him in April last year for extorting Tk 5 lakh from her. A court later issued warrant for his arrest.

Ilias was present at the court yesterday. His lawyer told this newspaper that the ex-MP had earlier got anticipatory bail in another criminal case and that he is not wanted in any other cases now.

He said the HC bench also gave anticipatory bail to former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa's wife Nurunnahar Parul and Mirza Khokon's wife Masuda Ekram following separate writ petitions.

Meantime, the full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin, refused to accept the leave to appeal petition against the High Court's granting bail to Dr Taslima Zaman Ahmed and staying the case proceedings.

The bench directed the ACC to take steps to dispose of the High Court rule that had also asked the government to explain why Taslima should not be granted regular bail and the proceedings against her quashed.

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