Ershad acquitted in radar purchase case

Online Desk | Update:

ershadA Dhaka court on Wednesday acquitted prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s special emissary and former president Hussain Muhammad Ershad and two others in the radar purchase graft case, reports UNB news agency.

Metropolitan sessions judge Quamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order.

The two others who got acquittal are: former air force chief and retired air vice-marshal Sultan Mahmud and former air force chief Momtaj Uddin Ahmed.

Another accused in the case, AKM Musa, director of United Traders, was earlier exempted.

On 12 April, the judge fixed 19 April for delivering the verdict in the long-pending radar purchase scam case against HM Ershad, also the Jatiya Party chairman, and three others.

Now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption filed the case against former military ruler Ershad and three others with Cantonment police station on 4 May 1992.

The charge-sheet was submitted in the case on 27 October 1994. The court framed charges against the accused on 12 August 1995.

According to the case statement, the accused, including Ershad, in collusion with each other, bought a high-powered and two low-looking level radars that caused a loss of Tk 640,442,918 to the national exchequer.

A few other cases including major general Abdul Manzur murder case is still pending against Ershad. 

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