Court sets Nov 2 to deliver verdict in MP Badi’s corruption case

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Dhaka, October 19: A court in Dhaka on Wednesday fixed the date November 2 to deliver the verdict in a case against ruling Awami League MP Abdur Rahman Badi for concealing his wealth and discrepancies about it.

Third Special Judge in Dhaka Abu Ahmed Jamadar fixed the date after ending the hearings in the case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), court official Arifur Rahman told reporters.

 The court has recorded the depositions of 13 witnesses of the State.

 Badi, the lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency, was present in court on Wednesday. He has always claimed that he was innocent.

ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Abdus Sobhan started prosecution against the MP on August 21, 2014, on charges of acquiring assets worth around Tk 130 million by unlawful means.

On May 7 last year, the ACC’s investigation officer Deputy Director Manjil Morshed submitted the chargesheet against Badi in court.

According to the case details, the Awami League MP provided false information in his affidavits submitted to the Election Commission in 2008 and 2013 and also sought to conceal information on his personal wealth worth Tk 108.68 million.

The chargesheet said Badi had accumulated more than Tk 63 million disproportionate to the known sources of his income and concealed information from the ACC on assets worth more than Tk 39 million.

Badi was arrested and put in jail for three weeks in October 2014. He later secured bail from the High Court and was released.

The MP, honoured for being the highest taxpayer of Cox’s Bazar in 2014, was also named in a Department of Narcotics Control list of suspected yaba trade ringleaders.

A government investigation last year revealed that Badi controlled the principal point of trans-border entry of the contraband drug.

The report by the DNC said that Badi controls the route and many others work under him in the illegal drug trade.