The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has stayed for three weeks more a High Court (HC) order regarding Nilphamari-4 lawmaker Shawkat Ali Chowdhury's bail in two cases lodged over bank loan scam.
A five-member Appellate Division bench headed by acting Chief Justice (CJ) Md Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order on Sunday morning.
Earlier on October 29, the Appellate Division stayed the HC order for two weeks, regarding the bank loan scam case of Jatiya Party MP Shawkat Chowdhury.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim on October 22 directed Jatiya Party MP Shawkat Chowdhury to pay Tk 25 crore to Bangladesh Commerce Bank Limited within 50 days in connection with two loan scam cases involving Tk 94 crore.
If the MP does not pay the amount in 50 days after receiving the order, his bail in the relevant loan scam cases will automatically be cancelled, the HC said in the verdict.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the two cases with Bangshal Police Station in Dhaka on May 8 and 10 last year, accusing Shawkat Chowdhury, a Jatiya Party lawmaker from Nilphamari-4, the then Managing Director of Bangladesh Commerce Bank Md Asaduzzaman and its the then Manager of Bangshal Branch Habibul Gani and six others.
The case statements say, Shawkat, also Managing Director of M/S Jamuna Agro Chemical Ltd, allegedly misappropriated Tk 94 crore from the branch in collusion with the other accused through 37 letters of credit between December 2012 and March 2015.
Shawkat secured bail from the lower court on September 8 and October 4 last year.