Former minister Latif Siddique lands in jail over graft case

Published: June 20, 2019 18:25:53 | Updated: June 20, 2019 20:42:49

A Bogura court has sent former jute minister Abdul Latif Siddique to jail after scrapping his bail in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission over the misuse of power in leasing a piece of state-owned land.

Judge Naresh Chandra Sarkar of Bogura’s Special Judge Court passed the order on Thursday.

Public Prosecutor Abul Kalam Azad, the lawyer for the ACC, said, Latif Siddique misused his power and resorted to corruption while  selling 2.38 acres of land controlled by the Bangladesh Jute Corporation in Adamdighi Upazila’s Dariapur.

He sold the land to his acquaintance Jahanara Rashid, without floating a tender, he added.

“The market value of the land was Tk 6.4 million as per the government’s assessment but he sold it for Tk 2.3 million.” 

Aminul Islam, the assistant director of the ACC’s Bogura branch, started a case against Latif with Adamdighi police in December, 2017. 

The charge sheet was filed by the police in February this year, reports bdnews24.com.

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