BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman seven years imprisonment .
The High Court has awarded BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman seven years imprisonment by rejecting his acquittal order in money laundering case. He was fined 20 crore taka and directed to surrender at the lower court. It also upheld the seven-year sentence of Tarique’s business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun. The court described the damage caused by the accused to the country’s development and the people as a financial crime
Meanwhile, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the punishment would be implemented by bringing back Tarique Rahman after receiving copy of the verdict. Speaking at a news conference at the Secretariat this afternoon he said if Tarique Rahman wants to appeal against the judgement he must do it while serving the sentence by returning to the country from London. The Law Minister said the judge of the lower court Motahar Hossain earlier acquitted Tarique in the money laundering case by being politically influenced.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said dispensing punishment to Tarique Rahman in false allegation of money laundering is the outcome of the government’s vindictive attitude. In a statement he said the government is using all state machineries to exterminate the nationalist force including BNP and Zia family. Mirza Fakhrul said it is now evident that the ACC had filed appeal in the higher court with ill motive at government directive even after Tarique Rahman was released by the lower court in money laundering case. Besides he condemned the arrest of 13 leaders and workers from in front of the party central office and demanded their release.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post –ICP along the Benapole-Petropole part of Bangladesh-India border this afternoon. The two Prime Ministers joined the inauguration ceremony from Dhaka and New Delhi through videoconferencing. West Bengal Chief Minister also joined from Kolkata. Speaking on the occasion Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said New Delhi would remain by the side of Bangladesh in any crisis. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her speech said any problem between the two countries would be resolved through discussion. The Integrated Check Post would facilitate easy movement of goods and passengers across the border.
RAB has unearthed militant training center at Tongi in Gazipur. The elite force has detained four militants including top amir of southern region of the organization Mahmudul Hasan. Huge quantity of bombs, explosives and jihadi books has been recovered from their possession. RAB claimed JMB members had gathered in the house to conduct major subversion in Gazipur. It said many information about patrons and financiers of the militants could be known when the detained are interrogated in remand.
DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah has said creating panic by spreading rumour is a criminal offence and those involved would be find out and brought under the purview of law. Talking to newsmen at the DMP Headquarters he said certain evil quarter is trying to create unstable situation in the country by spreading propaganda. Stating that the law enforcing agencies are working with zero tolerance in rooting out the militants the DMP Commissioner urged to inform the law enforcers if they have any information without being panicked by rumour.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has said resistance committees would be formed in all educational institutions to enhance surveillance against militant activities. Stating that directive in this regard would be sent from the Ministry soon he said involvement of students and teachers in militant activities is a matter of deep concern. Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of National University Harun Or Rashid has said the head of the institution would have to bear the responsibility if any such incident happens in any educational institutions