>proceedings stayed against 50, bigwigs granted bail

>THE High Court (HC) in recent weeks has stayed graft proceedings against more than 50 high profile corruption suspects including former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina. (Full report)
It has also granted bail to a number of political bigwigs including Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Awami League (AL) presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Tofail Ahmed, BNP leaders Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, MK Anwar, Redwan Ahmed, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, MA Hashem, Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, Barisal City Corporation (BCC) Mayor Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, adviser to AL president and industrialist Salman F Rahman and former AL lawmaker Lotus Kamal.
Besides, the court has quashed charges against 12 people, mostly family members of the prime accused, on grounds that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) did not issue to them notices asking for wealth statements.
Sources said lack of coordination between the government and the anti-graft body, and incompetence of the prosecution lawyers were the main reasons for the ACC’s poor performance at the HC.
Legal experts said the ACC suffered the setbacks at the HC mainly for failure of its officials to submit investigation reports within the stipulated 60 days since filing of the cases.


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