The High Court has acquitted former president and Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad from all charges in a graft case filed for the misappropriation of Tk1.91 crore when he was in power.
He is also allowed to appeal against the three-year imprisonment he was sentenced to by a lower court in the case.
The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Bhishmadev Chakraborty issued the order on Tuesday on an appeal filed by Ershad.
The court also dismissed two appeals by the government seeking extension of the sentence.
In the verdict on Ershad's appeal, the court said the charges against Ershad were framed under two separate laws and were not proven beyond doubt.
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Ershad, a former military dictator who is now the prime minister’s special envoy, was sentenced to three-year imprisonment by a Dhaka court back in 1992, a year after the case was filed accusing him of embezzling Tk1.91 crore when he was in office.
Ershad challenged the verdict, while the government appealed to increase his jail term. The High Court stayed the lower court verdict following Ershad’s appeal the same year.
Later on June 26, 2012, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) became a party in the case following a High Court directive.
Two years later, the High Court resumed the appeal hearing, but the proceedings were stalled again. The hearing resumed again after the ACC filed a plea seeking the case's revival on November 30 last year.