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>Azam J Chy to withdraw extortion charge against Hasina

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>BUSINESSMAN Azam J Chowdhury today said he will withdraw the Tk 3 crore extortion case filed against Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina.
“The case was filed against Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and former premier Sheikh Hasina based on a misunderstanding during the then persisting adverse environment,” Azam told reporters at a press briefing this morning at his Gulshan office, adding that the filing of the case was an ‘unexpected’ incident for him.
Azam, the managing director of the East Coast Trading Limited, also told newsmen that he has submitted an appeal to the home ministry seeking withdrawal of the case in court by an executive order where Hasina’s cousin and AL Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim was also indicted.
On a query, he replied, “I am withdrawing the case for the sake of the democracy and justice and to show respect to it.”
On June 13 last year, Azam J Chowdhury charged Hasina and her cousin and former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim with extorting Tk 3 crore from him in exchange for awarding him the contract of setting up Siddhirganj Power Plant in Narayanganj.
On July 24, Gulshan police indicted Hasina along with her sister Sheikh Rehana and cousin Sheikh Selim.
Hasina was also held on the charges of the case on July 16.
The verdict of the case is pending as the High Court halted the trial proceeding of the case upon a writ petition filed by the AL chief challenging the legality of the case and its trial.


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