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HC acquits Maya in corruption case
The High Court today acquitted Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya from a corruption case in which he had been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
The High Court also scrapped the lower court verdict that had convicted and sentenced Maya to 13 years imprisonment in the case.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Isalm Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam delivered the verdict after rehearing an appeal filed by Maya challenging the lower court judgment.
The bench acquitted Maya as the Anti-corruption Commission could not prove the allegations against Maya of amassing illegal wealth beyond reasonable doubt, ACC's lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told journalists.
He said the ACC will decide whether it would move an appeal before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict.
The ACC filed the case against Maya, also an Awami League leader, with Sutrapur Police Station on June 13, 2007.
A special court on February 14, 2008, convicted and sentenced him to 13 years in jail, fined him Tk 5 crore and ordered confiscation of about Tk 6 crore of his 'ill-gotten' wealth.
Maya, who was on the run during the trial, did not stand in the 2008 parliamentary elections. He returned home after his party came to power.
On May 25, 2009, Maya filed an appeal with the HC, which acquitted him on October 27, 2010. The ACC filed the leave to appeal petition with the SC challenging the HC verdict in 2011.