Graft case: Former DGHS driver Malek’s wife sent to jail
A Dhaka court today rejected a bail petition of Nargis Begum, wife of Abdul Malek, former driver of Directorate General of Health Services, and sent her to jail in a case filed over accumulating wealth beyond known sources of income.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after she surrendered before it and sought bail in the case.
During today's hearing, her lawyer told the court that Nargis surrendered before the High Court on February 24, seeking anticipatory bail.
After the hearing, the HC granted her bail for a period of four weeks. The HC directed her to surrender to a sessions judge's court before the expiry of the period. But she failed to surrender before the court timely due to lockdown.
So, as per direction of the HC Nargis surrendered before it, seeking bail in the case, said her lawyer adding that if she gets bail, she will not misuse it.
The prosecution, however, opposed the bail petition saying that Nargis, a housewife, did not show source of income of Tk 1,10,92,000. So, her bail petition should be rejected.
Upon hearing both the sides, the judge rejected her bail petition and ordered to send her to jail.
On February 14, Sayed Nazrul Islam, assistant director at the ACC head office, filed the case against her with its Integrated District Office-1, Dhaka.
The ACC also filed another case against Malek for possessing more than Tk1.5 crore worth of movable and immovable wealth, which does not adjust to his known income sources.
RAB arrested Abdul Malek from Turag area of the capital on September 20, 2020 on charges of various terrorist activities.
A foreign pistol, magazine, five rounds of ammunition, 1.5 lakh Bangladeshi counterfeit notes, a laptop and a mobile phone were recovered from his possession during the arrest.
Malek also owns two seven-storey luxury houses in Turag.
On September 20, Malek was jailed for 30 years' for possessing firearms and ammunition at his residence.