The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday challenged the legality of a lower court order that had granted bail to five Destiny Group top-brasses including its managing director in two money laundering cases.
After the hearing, Judge (in charge) Mohammad Akhteruzzaman of the Senior Special Judge’s Court, Dhaka took the petitions into cognisance and called for the lower court’s records.
The court fixed August 30 for further hearing on the petitions filed by ACC Deputy Directors Mozahar Ali Sarder and Towfiqul Islam, also complainants of the cases, with the Senior Special Judge’s Court.
The officials are Destiny Group Managing Director Mohammad Rafiqul Amin and Director Lt Gen (rtd) M Harunur Rashid; Destiny 2000 Chairman Mohammad Hossain and its two directors Gofranul Huq and Sayed-ur Rahman.
In their petitions, they told the court the lower court has no jurisdiction to hear any petition submitted by the prosecution and the defence.
So, the order granting bail to the five officials until submission of probe reports was illegal.
That’s why, they prayed for the cancellation of the lower court order given on August 6.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Erfan Ullah granted bail to the five Destiny officials after the accused surrendered before it on August 6.
On July 31, the ACC sued 22 officials of Destiny Group for laundering Tk 3,285.26 crore by cheating investors.
Meanwhile, 17 other accused of the cases surrendered before a Dhaka court on Monday seeking bail.
But Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque returned the bail petitions as the higher court called for the lower court’s records following the government appeal.