Evidence in Ershad graft case go missing
Friday, 26 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Twenty-three pieces of evidence relating to a graft case against former president HM Ershad are missing, it emerged on Wednesday.

Samir Kumar Mukharjee, a witness in the case as well as the investigation officer, came to the court of Dhaka divisional special judge Md Golam Martuja to testify in the case over installation of a telephone line.
 
But he could not show any evidence.
 
Accused Ershad, Anwarul Quader, former manager of formerly Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board and now Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, and Majid Chowdhury of Expo Trade were present in court.
 
The judge set Thursday for recording testimony in the case.
 
On disappearance of the evidence, assistant public prosecutor Md Sahiduzzaman told bdnews24.com that hearing of the case was held at a court at the jail gate for two years,1995 and 1996. The evidence might have disappeared at that time, he said.
 
Ershad and others were sued on Sept 5, 1992 on charge of resorting to corrupt means to set up telephone lines in 89 Upazila.
 
The chargesheet in the case was submitted on May 7 in 2003 indicting six people including Ershad and former minister Firoz Rashid Chowdhury.
 
Chowdhury was later exempted.
 
Two other accused in the case are former BTTB chairman Maksud Ali Khan and deputy general manager Shamsul Islam.

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