The court asked why the documents acquitting Papul's wife and daughter was not signed by one of the two investigating officers
The High Court Monday fixed 11 February for delivering verdict on whether the bail plea documents of Lakshmipur-2 MP Kazi Shahid Islam Papul's wife and daughter – reserved seat MP Selina Islam and Wafa Islam – was forged.
An HC bench comprising of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order.
Lawyer Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood on behalf of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the hearing while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik moved for the state.
Papul was arrested in Kuwait on charges of illegal acquisition of assets and money laundering.
Earlier on 12 January, during the hearing of the case, the court questioned why the bail documents acquitting Papul's wife and daughter was not signed by another investigating officer, Assistant Director Mashiur Rahman.
Later, the court ordered to submit all the documents signed by Bangladesh Bank Deputy Director Arefin Ahsan Miah, providing impunity to Papul's wife and daughter from money laundering charges.
The allegation of forgery of documents of Papul's wife and daughter's bail application emerged after the Bangladesh Bank submitted the documents to the court.
On 11 November last, ACC Deputy Director Md Salauddin filed a case against MP Papul, his wife Selina Islam, his daughter Wafa Islam and sister-in-law Jasmine Pradhan on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk2.31 crore and laundering Tk148 crore.
On 28 November, Papul's wife and daughter filed an anticipatory bail plea in that case with HC. After hearing the plea, the HC ordered them to surrender to the Judicial Court.
Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayesh's Court granted bail to the wife and daughter they surrendered to the court as per the HC order.
Mentionable, Papul was arrested in Kuwait on charges of money laundering and human trafficking. He is currently in prison in Kuwait.
On 26 February, 2020, the ACC decided to conduct an enquiry into the money laundering allegation against Papul.
Meanwhile, 617 bank accounts of four persons including Papul and his wife have been freezed.