Shah Alam Secures Bail on Surrender
Thursday, 19 August 2010

A judge has granted bail to Basundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akber Sobhan alias Shah Alam after he had surrendered to the court in a case alleging that he had illegally taken government land,

Additional judge AHM Habibur Rahman of Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrates' Court granted the bail on Thursday, and fixed Aug 30 as the date for the framing of charges.

On June 7, 2007, inspector Md Salauddin, from the police's detective branch, filed the case with the Badda police against Shah Alam and three others.

The case statement said that the defendants had illegally taken possession of 80.28 acres of submerged government land in the Bara Beraid, Chhoto Beraid, Barua, Dumni, Kathaldia and Patira areas.

The case was filed under the Water Body Act-2000, and the charge sheet was submitted on Jan 15, 2008.

The other accused in the case were Abu Sufian, Samsuddin Ahmed and engineer Abul Kalam Shamim.

Saiful Alam Helal, additional public prosecutor of the court, said the three others were also officials of the Basundhara Group and they had secured bail in the case.

The High Court on June 1, upon a bail petition by Shah Alam, ordered him to surrender to the lower court within the next eight weeks. It also said that the lower court would decide the fate of the petition.

Barrister Fazle nur Tapash, Roknuzzaman Prince, barrister Mohammad Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury, Kazi Nazibullah Hira, and others, stood for Shah Alam in the court while Abdullah Abu, public prosecutor of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judges' Court, was present as the state's counsel.


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