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Haji Salim granted bail

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Published: 11:11, 6 December 2022   Update: 13:05, 6 December 2022
Haji Salim granted bail

Haji Md. Salim. File photo

Lawmaker Haji Md. Salim was granted bail in a corruption case in which he was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

The Appellate Division granted the lawmaker from Dhaka-7 electoral constituency bail on Tuesday.

A five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, granted the bail to Salim after hearing a leave-to-appeal petition.

Senior Lawyer Syed Ahmed Raza appeared for the petitioner in court while Advocate M Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

In 2007, the ACC filed the case against Salim. On April 27, 2008, a Dhaka court jailed him for 13 years and fined him Tk 20 lakh. Salim moved the High Court against the verdict.

In 2011, the court overturned his sentence but the ACC later appealed against the lower court verdict.

Later, the Appellate Division asked the High Court to re-hear the petition.

On March 9 last year, the HC bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq upheld the lower court order, sentencing Salim to 10 years in jail after hearing a petition filed by the ACC.

On February 10 this year, the HC released the full text of the verdict, asking Salim to surrender to a trial court concerned in 30 days. Salim surrendered before a Dhaka court on May 22. Dhaka court sent him to jail rejecting his bail petition.

With this bail order, there is no bar for Haji Salim to walk out of jail, said his lawyer Ahmed Raza.