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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

12 cases against prime minister Sheikh Hasina to be dropped

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 11 June ( : Twelve cases against prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be dropped on the grounds of 'political harassment', the state minister for law Kamrul Islam said on Wednesday.

The decision came from the first meeting of the scrutiny committee on petitions for cancelling 'political harassment' cases, Kamrul Islam told reporters after attending the meeting at the home ministry yesterday.

The Anticorruption Commission filed ten of the cases against Hasina during the immediate past caretaker government on various charges.

The committee also decided to repeal another 50 cases against leaders of the ruling Awami League that include nine against Tofael Ahmed, 13 against Kamal Ahmed Majumdar, six against Abul Hasnat Abdullah, four against Bahauddin Nasim and two against Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, said Islam.

They also include one each against Mosharraf Hossain, Hazi Moqbul Hossain and state minister for public works Abdul Mannan Khan. The committee reviewed 113 cases in total in the meeting, the minister said.

However, no petitions of the opposition BNP leaders have yet been sent to the home ministry, he added.

The relevant deputy commissioners will be given directions and the Anticorruption Commission will be requested to take steps to withdraw the cases, said Islam.

Asked whether the comments attached could be interpreted as 'interference from government', Kamrul replied, "We are speaking of those cases filed with political motivation, where the ACC did not work independently."

"Of course the government would not as a rule interfere in the ACC's activities. The ACC will work according to its rule."
A total of 824 petitions were submitted to the home ministry up to Wednesday after filtering through different phases, said Kamrul Islam. All of them were from ruling party Awami League members.

He said his committee found 62 cases revocable among 113 filed petitions in the first meeting. Of these, 36 were filed under the Criminal Procedure Code and the rest filed by the Anticorruption Commission.

-Asian Tribune-

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