After the sentence of a former employee of Chittagong port in the case of acquiring illegal wealth, it is known that he died nine months ago.
The court sentenced Abul Bashar Chowdhury, a former security inspector of the port, to a total of 7 and a half years in prison for concealing information about assets and acquiring illegal assets.
Chittagong Divisional Special Judge Munsi Abdul Majeed gave this verdict in the Anti-Corruption Commission-ACC case on Sunday.
The court did not have information about Abul Bashar’s death. Even his lawyer didn’t know that. Till Tuesday, no application was made by the family informing the court about his death.
Abul Bashar Chowdhury is the son of deceased Abdur Rashid Chowdhury of Gowinder Khil village of Patia Upazila of Chittagong.
Abul Bashar’s son Shaon Chowdhury told bdnews24.com, “My father died on December 23. On the same day, father’s funeral and burial took place at Hadu Chowdhury Jame Masjid.
“We didn’t know what to do with the legal issues. So I could not inform the court. I went to the court in the afternoon after learning about the verdict today. Talked to the court staff.
“They said what is the next process. We will inform the court through legal process that the father is dead.”
When asked, Kazi Sanwar Ahmed Lovelu, public counsel of the ACC, told bdnews24.com, “If the accused in a case dies, it should be reported to the court. If notified, the case will not proceed.
“But he is an absconding accused in the court register. He was sentenced after the normal judicial process.”
This ACC lawyer said, “None of his family or lawyers informed us that he is dead. He used to attend cases regularly. But in the last few scheduled days he did not come again.”
According to the documents of the case, Abul Bashar Chowdhury was present on the scheduled hearing date of the case on December 12 last year.
After that, if he did not appear on January 30 of this year, time was requested on his behalf. As Abul Bashar Chowdhury did not appear on the appointed day on March 14, the court canceled his bail on May 18.
Divisional Special Judge Court Bench Assistant Md. Musa said that a warrant was sent to Patia police station to arrest fugitive Abul Bashar Chowdhury. But it was not Tamil.
The last witness-examination was held on August 4 in this case. Arguments were presented in court on August 14. The case is then prepared for judgment.
Asami Abul Bashar’s lawyer Ratan Kumar Chakraborty told bdnews24.com, “He was a freedom fighter. He was very sick. Had to do regular dialysis.
“The last day he came to court he couldn’t even sit. I then appealed to the court for speedy disposal of the case.”
“Courts also fix dates at short intervals. But after that he did not come again.”
He said, “We are also applying for time for not coming on the scheduled hearing day. Attempts to contact the family were unsuccessful. Their mobile numbers were also found to be switched off. His bail was later revoked.
“We could not inform the court that he had died as no family or relatives informed us.”