[Dhaka Correspondent] Daily Janakantha editor, Atiqullah Khan Masud, also chairman of Globe Constructions, Wednesday was acquitted of fraud charges over the sale of flats as he reached a settlement with the plaintiff.
Metropolitan magistrate M Shah Alam Sardar acquitted Masud of the charges as the plaintiff, Rebecca Mahmuda, a resident of Malibagh Chowdhurypara, filed an application with the court saying that she had received her money back and she had no further complaints against the accused. Attaching the application to the verdict, the court also acquitted Ashraful Haque, general manager of Globe Constructions, who has been in hiding since the case was filed.
This is the second instance of an out-of-court settlement reached during trial in corruption cases in two weeks after Daily Jugantor publisher, Nurul Islam Babul, made a similar deal for which the court acquitted him of the charges of fraudulence, land grabbing and attempt on life.
Rebecca on April 18 filed a case with the Ramna police against Masud and Ashraful, accusing them of cheating buyers over the sales of flats built by Globe Constructions. In the complaint, she said Masud and Ashraful embezzled Taka 9.78 lakh deposited by the plaintiff against the purchase of a flat. Subinspector Golam Mahfuzur Rahman of the Ramna police pressed the charges against the accused on September 17. The case was later included for trial under the Emergency Powers Rules.