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SC rejects ACC plea in graft case against Ershad

DHAKA, March 20, 2017 (BSS) - The Supreme Court (SC) today dismissed a plea of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), seeking review of the apex court's judgement rejecting petition for examining some witnesses, who have not been testified in the case.

A four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order after holding hearing on the plea.

"Now there is no scope of examining fresh witnesses in the case," said ACC counsel advocate Khurshid Alam Khan.

The now-defunct Anti-Corruption Bureau on May 4, 1992, lodged the case against the Jatiya Party leader for causing a loss of more than Taka 64 crore to state exchequer by purchasing substandard radar from the USA on higher price instead of buying a more modern version from France.

Charge sheet was given in the case on October 27, 1994. The lower court has so far examined 12 out of the total 38 witnesses in the trial and started hearing the arguments in the case.

But ACC had filed an appeal with the High Court to examine the rest of the witnesses for the sake of "proper justice".

The High Court on November 24 allowed the ACC plea and ordered the trial court concerned to conclude the case proceedings by March 31, 2017.

But following an appeal by another accused in the case, the apex court on January 8 dismissed the High Court order, prompting the complainant to file a review plea.