A Dhaka court on Wednesday granted permanent bail to Toufique Imrose Khalidi, editor-in-chief of bdnews24.com, in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Khalidi's lawyers.
Earlier on August 26, the High Court granted Khalidi an eight-week anticipatory bail in the case, which was upheld by a three-member bench of the Appellate Division on Sept 21.
Upon completion of that bail, Khalidi filed another petition seeking permanent bail after surrendering before the same court on October 20.
on July 30, ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan filed the case with its Dhaka Integrated Office-1 accusing Khalidi of acquiring wealth beyond his known sources of income.
According to the case documents, Khalidi possesses Tk42 crore in four accounts with HSBC, Eastern Bank, Southeast Bank and Mutual Trust Bank, for which the ACC said no legal source was found.
ACC investigation found that Khalidi has accumulated the wealth through fraud by creating forged documents.
BDST: 1612 HRS, NOV 25, 2020