A Dhaka court issued arrest warrants on Monday against former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and eight other high officials in a graft case filed for appointing five DCC Tax Officers without following proper procedure.
Metropolitan Magistrate Quazi Quamrul Islam passed the order after the High Court discharged rule which it issued earlier.
The other high DCC officials are : Saifuddin Ahmed, former chief executive officer (presently joint secretary of the ERD); Alamgir Hossain khan, former secretary ; Mehedi Ali Khan, former chief engineer; Nurunnabi, former chief accounts officer; Shakhwat Ullah, former chief revenue officer; Asaduzzaman, former assistant secretary; and tax officers Saifullah and Mujibur Rahman.
On June 29, 2010, the Anti Corruption Commission's Assistant Director Harunur Rashid filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station against Khoka and eight high officials of DCC on charges of irregularities in recruiting five tax officers in the DCC.
Immediately after filing the case the BNP leader, also former mayor Khoka, and others got bail from the High Court on July 5 in 2010 and the High Court issued rule upon the government in this regard.
Following the government plea the High Court on May 30 in 2012 vacated the rule. The Supreme Court on September 7 in 2015 also dismissed the defence plea against the High Court's rule vacation order. As a result the barrier was removed for proceedings of the lower court.