Monday, December 8, 2008
4 still face corruption, criminal charges
The contestants in the ensuing Jatiya Sangsad election from Rajshahi constituencies include at least four who are still accused in different corruption and criminal cases.The four are former BNP lawmakers Mizanur Rahman Minu and Kabir Hossain, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) nominees -- Mohammad Mohsin Pramanik at Rajshahi-4 and Abul Kalam Azad at Rajshahi-5.The facts were revealed in the affidavits given by the candidates.Minu, BNP aspirant from Rajshahi-2 constituency is now in jail and is likely to be freed any time.In his affidavit Minu stated that he is still accused in five cases while he was acquitted in an extortion case in which he was sentenced to 13 years in jail. He also mentioned that he was cleared of charges in two cases including a murder case.On Thursday, he was granted bail in two graft cases that are still under trial.Of the five other cases Minu is still facing trail, one for graft and one for tax dodging have been stayed by the high court.Former BNP lawmaker Kabir Hossain is now vying from Rajshahi-3 constituency. He stated that he was accused in a criminal case with Puthia thana filed in December 1998 under sections 143, 188, 353, 283, 506 and 114 of Penal Code. Trial against him in the case has been scheduled for January 1, 2009. Mohammad Mohsin Pramanik is an accused in a murder case and the case is now under trial at high court.Abul Kalam Azad is an accused in a case lodged under Explosives Act and the case has been stayed by the high court.