The High Court (HC) has ordered to immediately arrest retired Air Commodore M Abdus Salam Azad, former treasurer of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), accused in a case of reversing a decision of the prime minister through forgery.
The HC has directed the issuance of a red alert for him if he is out of the country.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice SM Mojibur Rahman passed the order on Tuesday, during the bail hearing of one of the accused in the case.
The HC said the forgery of documents of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is a heinous crime. There is no excuse for those involved in this crime. Having courage is good, but audacity is not good.
An accused in the case Md Rubel, a dispatch writer at PMO, filed a bail plea with the HC.
Dismissing the plea, the HC directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to complete the investigation of the case within six months. Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik appeared for the state at the hearing.
According to sources, the education ministry sent a summary to the PMO in 2019, proposing the names of North South University (NSU) history department Chairman Dr M Enamul Huq, BUET engineering department Professor Md Abdur Rauf and former BUP treasurer Commodore M Abdus Salam Azad, for appointment to the post of treasurer at NSU. The PM selected Dr Enamul Huq for the post.
Sources said the accused in connivance with each other, changed the PM's decision, and selected M Abdus Salam's name before sending the selection to President's Office for final approval on March 3. However, at one stage, the forgery was unearthed. Director-7 of the PMO Mohammad Rafiqul Alam filed a case on 5 May alleging the forgery of documents.
The accused in the case are Tariqul Islam Momin, expelled central vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Fatema Khatun, Nazim Uddin and Rubel, all employees at the PMO, NSU student Farhad Hossain, and the former BUP treasurer M Abdus Salam Azad.
Among the accused, Abdus Salam Azad remains absconding while four of the accused, including Tariqul, have confessed to the crime.