A Dhaka court on Thursday (June 8) framed charges against BNP's joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury in a case filed against him for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) within the stipulated time.
Dhaka Special Judge's Court-4 Judge Sayed Arafat Rahman framed the charges rejecting an acquittal application filed by Aslam's lawyer.
The court also set July 10 for testimony in the case.
On March 28, Judge Md Asaduzzaman of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court accepted the charges against Aslam in his absence and issued an arrest warrant against him, although Aslam is in jail in other cases.
Earlier on December 24, 2019, ACC Deputy Director Md Nasir Uddin filed the case against the BNP leader with its integrated district office-1 in Dhaka.
According to the statement of the case, the ACC launched an investigation against Aslam and his wife Jamila Naznin Maola, over amassing hundreds of crores in cash beyond known sources of income.
Later on May 13, 2019, Ritwik Saha, a deputy director of the anti-graft body, issued a notice through the Chattogram jail authority asking Aslam to submit the statements of his wealth within seven days.
The authority then served the notice upon Aslam on June 23 that year.
Aslam sought three months' time to submit his wealth statements to the ACC on July 1, 2019.
The ACC also gave him 36 days for submitting his wealth statements.
Later, Aslam on August 19, 2019 submitted another application, seeking three more months in this regard.
However, the ACC on October 15 that year informed Aslam through the jail authorities that no further time would be granted and it decided to file a case against him.
BDST: 1509 HRS, JUNE 08, 2023