The government on decided to withdraw 123 more
'politically motivated' cases filed during the last BNP-Jamaat coalition and
the subsequent caretaker rule.
The decision came at a meeting of the government's
scrutiny committee for recommendation of withdrawal of the politically
motivated cases with its head State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam in the chair.
"As many as 241 applications were placed at the
seventh meeting and of them 123 cases have been recommended for
withdrawal," said Qamrul while briefing newspersons after the meeting at
the home ministry.
The government has so far decided to withdraw 572
cases filed against the leaders of ruling Awami League and its allies and only
Moudud Ahmed from main opposition BNP.
The state ministers said among the cases 225 were
filed under the penal code and 16 under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act. The
committee rejected 34 applications and kept 75 cases for further review at its
Of the cases, nine were filed against former AL lawmaker
Haji Mohammad Selim, two each against controversial AL leader Shamim Osman and
his brother Nasim Osman, one each against Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM
Mohiuddin Chowdhury and former AL lawmaker Kaisar Hasnat.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun told parliament on last
Thursday the government has so far decided to withdraw 449 "politically
motivated" criminal cases completely and another 16 partially.