Govt official Kutubuddin secures bail | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:41 AM, April 20, 2018

Grabbing Rajuk Land

Govt official Kutubuddin secures bail

Twelve days after the arrest, Kutubuddin Ahmed, the personal officer at the land ministry, yesterday got bail in a case filed for grabbing 16.5 decimal land of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) in the capital's Gulshan in 2004.

Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after Kutub's lawyer moved a petition seeking bail in the case.

ACC Special Public Prosecutor Mahmud Hossain Jahangir opposed the bail petition saying the charges brought against Kutubuddin were primarily proved and the case is now at primary stage of investigation.

So, the PP said he prayed for rejecting the bail petition.

He told The Daily Star that he had sent a concise statement of the bail order to ACC chairman for the next course of action.  

Defence lawyer Saidur Rahman Manik told the court the charges brought against his client were false and vague, and that his client was suffering from different ailments.

Therefore, he appealed for his client's bail. 

Earlier on April 8, the anti-graft body arrested Kutubuddin Ahmed, now officer on special duty (OSD), from Segunbagicha in a case filed in this connection with Gulshan Model Police Station.    

The same day, another Dhaka court rejected his bail and sent him to jail after Mirza Zahidul Alam, ACC deputy director and investigation officer of the case, produced him before it.

According to the case statement, it was alleged that Kutub, using his influence, had three gazette notifications issued from the ministry over return of the land to its owners from whom Rajuk earlier had acquired it.

He then faked a sale process and for this showed his father-in-law and a former BSMMU professor as buyers and one Nazmul Islam Sayeed as the person with power of attorney.

The whole episode took place between October 1999 and August 2004.

The ACC later found that neither his father-in-law nor the former professor were in possession of the land. Rather, Kutub was living in a tin-shed house built there.  

Nazmul was also made accused in the case, filed by the ACC.

The plot is part of 31.34 acres of land that Rajuk began acquiring in 1963-64 for the expansion of Gulshan-Baridhara residential model town.

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