A Barguna court yesterday sent Jubo League’s president of Taltali upazila unit to jail in a case filed for encroachment of land belonging to Water Development Board (WDB) in the upazila town.
Barguna Senior Special Judge’s Court of Md Asaduzzaman delivered the order when Jubo League leader Moniruzzaman Mintu, also former chairman of Taltali Upazila Parishad, surrendered before it and sought bail in the case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), said advocate Kamrul Ahsan Maharaj, lawyer for the ACC.
Jahangir Alam, deputy director of ACC in Patuakhali, filed the case on June 21, 2018, alleging that Mintu unlawfully took possession of 1.06 acres of WDB land and set up a business named Hawlder Sawmill there.
Mintu then obtained a six weeks’ interim bail from the High Court and later, on September 6 in 2018, he surrendered and secured a permanent bail from Barguna senior judicial magistrate’s court.
On April 10 this year, the ACC submitted charge sheet for the case to the senior judicial magistrate’s court of Barguna. The case was recently transferred to the Barguna senior special judge’s court.
Yesterday, when Mintu surrendered before the Barguna senior special judge’s court and submitted a bail prayer, the court rejected the prayer and sent him to jail, said the ACC lawyer.
Refuting the allegation, Mintu’s lawyer advocate Mojibul Haque Kislu said his client lawfully set up the sawmill after leasing the piece of land from WDB.