24 May 2022, 16:17

Haji Salim appeals against HC verdict in graft case


DHAKA, May 24, 2022 (BSS) - Jailed lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim today filed
an appeal against the High Court (HC) verdict that upheld a lower court
judgement sentencing him to 10-year imprisonment in a graft case.

Salim's lawyer Advocate Mohammad Sayeed Ahmed Raza filed the appeal with the
concerned wing of the Appellate Division, also pleading for bail for the
lawmaker in the case.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-7 on May 22 sent the lawmaker to jail as he
surrendered before the court following a High Court order in the case lodged
over amassing illegal wealth.

The High Court on March 9, 2021, upheld the lower court judgement that
sentenced the lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim to 10-year imprisonment in the
case lodged over amassing illegal wealth.

The court, however, had acquitted him of the charge of concealing information
in his wealth statement, for which Selim was sentenced to three-year

The High Court had ordered the accused to surrender before the lower court
concerned within 30-day of getting the copy of the judgement.

The trial court on April 27, 2008, convicted Haji Salim and sentenced him to
total 13 years' imprisonment under two sections in the case which was filed
by the ACC on October 24, 2007.

The accused appealed against the judgement with the High Court on October 25,
2009. The High Court on January 2, 2011, acquitted him of the corruption
case, making the anti-graft body to appeal against the High Court verdict.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on January 12, 2015, scrapped the
High Court verdict and ordered to hold the hearing afresh.