`No bar to continue investigation against Housing Minster of corruption charges`

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Dhaka, May 8: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday has turned down a High Court (HC) verdict of Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain acquitting him of graft charges.

A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by the Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order on a petition by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

The Supreme Court decision removes all hurdles to the Awami League leader being investigated in the case filed under the emergency regime, said ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan.

According to the case details, the minister had recommended the allotment of the plot, valued at Tk 16.92 million, for the construction of Hotel Golden Inn.

Subsequently, the land was given to the Sanmar Hotel Ltd by flouting the ‘lease conditions’ for an additional Tk 29.27 million over the amount stated in the documents, said the ACC.

Earlier in 2007, the ACC had charged Mosharraf for irregularities in leasing of government land in Chittagong City.

In 2008, the HC issued a rule after Mosharraf sought the dropping of the charges.

In 2012, an HC bench led by Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury quashed the case.

However, ACC appealed against the verdict and the top court responded the petition on Sunday.

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