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Graft case against foreign min official: SC asks Zakir to surrender passport

The Supreme Court today upheld a High Court order that granted bail to suspended foreign ministry official Md Zakir Hossain in a corruption case filed over amassing Tk 15.88 crore illegally.

The apex court, however, asked Zakir to surrender his passport to the trial court concerned, saying that he cannot leave the country without permission from it.

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Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, passed the order following a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission seeking a stay on the HC order of bail.

The apex court chamber judge also upheld the lower court order that asked the authorities concerned to confiscate the properties of Zakir, who was earlier posted at Bangladesh High Commission in Kenya, his lawyer Md Ozi Ullah told The Daily Star.

He said Zakir had been released from jail after the HC granted bail to him on September 17.

According to the case statement, the ACC in its primary inquiry found information on houses, flats, cars, and fixed deposit receipts (FDR) at different banks in Dhaka, which Zakir acquired through illegal means.

Following the inquiry, ACC Assistant Director Afnan Jannat Keya on March 14 last year filed the case against Md Zakir with its Integrated District Office in Dhaka.