The High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to seven scientific officers for eight weeks in a corruption case.
The seven officers were granted anticipatory bail on condition that they will take permission from the court if they want to go abroad.
The officers are: Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR)'s chief scientific officer Dr Swapan Kumar Roy, principal scientific officers Dr Shirin Jahan and Dr Muhammad Shahriar Bashar and scientific officer Dipa Islam.
Dr Mala Khan, chief scientific officer and director general (additional charge) at Designated Reference Institute for Chemical Measurements (DRICM), Mohammad Nazim Zaman, chief scientific officer at Institute of Mining, Mineralogy and Metallurgy, BCSIR, Joypurhat and Dr Md Tushar Uddin, chief scientific officer at Leather Research Institute, Savar, also got anticipatory bail.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice A K M Zahirul Huq passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed in this regard.
Barrister Ruhul Quddus Kazal appeared in the court on behalf of the officers while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The ACC on November 9 in 2020 filed the case with its Dhaka district integrated office against 35 government officials including seven scientific officers on charge of embezzling Tk 261.49 million from insurance premium.
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