Former BNP MP gets 9-yr jail in Patuakhali graft case


Patuakhali, February 13: A Patuakhali court on Monday awarded  former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukder from Patuakhali-2 (Bauphal) constituency nine years of rigorous jail sentence in a corruption case.
At the same time, the court ordered to confiscate his property too.
Patuakhali special and session judge court magistrate Basudev Roy delivered the verdict on Monday afternoon in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for allegedly amassing wealth beyond his known sources.
Shahidul Alam Talukder was present on the dock during the delivery of judgement. He is the president of Bauphal Upazila BNP unit.
However, the local BNP leaders termed the case filed by the ACC as ‘highly motivated and politically vindictive.”
According to the case statement, on April 25, 2010, deputy director Lutfar Rahman of Patuakhali office of the ACC filed a case against Shahidul Alam Talukder. In the case, allegations of concealing the information of wealth worth Tk 1.23 lakh beyond his known income and hiding wealth worth Tk 23 lakh were brought against him. Following a lengthy investigation, the investigation officer submitted chargesheet to the court accusing Shahidul Alam Talukder.
Following the testimony submitted by ten witnesses, Patuakhali special and sessions judge court magistrate Basudev Roy awarded seven years and two years jail sentences against the accused according to Clause 2 of Section 26 and Clause 1 of Section 27 of the ACC Act 2004.
The court also fined the accused Tk 1 lakh, in default, six months’ rigorous jail.
Besides, the court ordered to confiscate his property.