The High Court (HC) has rejected the plea of former Cox’s Bazar-4 MP Abdur Rahman Bodi that was filed seeking quashing of charges in a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The higher court, however, directed the trial court to dispose of the graft case speedily.
The HC bench of Justice Nazrul Islam Talukdar and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman delivered the order on Tuesday (January 18).
Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, who represented the ACC in the court, said that he (Abdur Rahman Bodi) had sought quashing of charges in the graft case. The trial court rejected his appeal.
Later, the former MP appealed to the High Court against the dismissal of the trial court. His lawyer told the higher court that they would not pursue the case in the High Court. Therefore, the High Court dismissed the application on the ground that it had not been placed and asked the trial court to dispose of the case speedily.
On September 13 in 2020, a Chattogram court framed charges against Abdur Rahman Bodi in the graft case filed by ACC in 2007.
According to the case statement, the ACC filed the case against Abdur Rahman Bodi for hiding information of Tk 4,343,994 and accumulating wealth of Tk 66.7 lakh from unknown sources of income. Abdur Rahman Bodi was the mayor of Teknaf municipality at that time.
Abul Kalam Azad, deputy director of the ACC’s Chottogram Region, filed the case with Double Mooring Police Station in Chottogram on December 17 in 2007.
Ali Akbar, another ACC’s deputy director, submitted charge-sheet against Abdur Rahman Bodi in 2008 after investigating the case filed by Abul Kalam Azad.
Abdur Rahman Bodi was two-time MP from Cox's Bazar-4 (Ukhia-Teknaf) constituency. He was deprived of nomination in 2018 elections in the face of fierce criticism over various activities including smuggling of Yaba. Bodi’s wife Shaheen Akhter Chowdhury is the current MP for that constituency.