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Hallmark's Jesmine's bail hearing at HC on July 7

Published : Thursday, 10 June, 2021 at 7:25 PM  Count : 261

Hallmark's Jesmine's bail hearing at HC on July 7
High Court will hold a hearing on a rule on July 7 asking why Hallmark Group chairman Jesmine Islam will not be granted bail in a case related to embezzling Tk 85.87 crore from Janata Bank.

A High Court bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir issued an order on Thursday fixing the date of hearing.

Advocate Mansurul Huque Chowdhury appeared on behalf of Jesmine Islam, while the ACC was represented by Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan.

On November 1, 2016, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the case with Motijheel Police Station accusing Jesmine and 15 others on charge of misappropriating Tk 85.87 crore from Janata Bank Ltd. She was arrested from Bangshal in the capital on that day.

It was stated in the case that Hallmark chairman and managing director withdrew Tk 85.87 crore loan from Janata Bank Ltd showing their two empoyees--Md Jahangir Alam as Anwara Spinning Mills' owner and Meer Zakaria as Max Spinning Mills' owner--after making false documents. They later misappropriated the entire amount.

On August 17, 2017, a judicial court rejected her bail petition. Then she appealed to the High Court for bail.

On November 5, 2017, the HC issued a rule asking the ACC and the government to explain why she should not be granted bail in the case.

After holding a hearing on the rule, the HC on March 10, 2019 granted permanent bail to Jesmine in the case.

Later, the ACC pleaded to the HC seeking cancellation of the bail. Responding to the ACC's plea, the Appeallate Division stayed Jesmine Islam's bail and ordered her to surrender within four weeks. Then she surrendered.

In such a situation, she filed a petition to the HC seeking bail. The HC later issued a rule on the bail petition. The hearing on the rule will be held on July 7 next.

Jesmine, also the wife of Hallmark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud, was accused in the charge sheets of all 11 cases filed in October 2012 by the ACC over misappropriation of more than Tk 1,568 crore.

On July 11 last year, a Dhaka court sentenced Jesmine to three years of rigorous imprisonment in a case filed over her failure to submit her wealth statement to the ACC within a specified time.


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