The High Court issued a rule against the former BNP party Whip Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal seeking to explain why the order of a lower court acquitting the accused in the cases should not be revoked.
The HC bench of justices Md Nazrul Islam Talukdar and KM Hafizul Alam on Monday also ordered him to surrender before the court within a week of receiving the notice, and to consider his bail.
The court issued the orders after hearing three separate revision petitions filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
The same order was given in other two cases on November 27 and November 28.
On September 23, the Barisal Divisional Special Judge's Court acquitted Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal from 20 cases of embezzling relief aid rice. The ACC filed a revision against the exemption.
Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC, Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik stood for the state. Senior lawyers Shafiq Ahmed and MK Rahman represented Syed Shahidul Haque Jamal.
On June 25, 2009, the then Assistant Director of the ACC, Abdur Rahim Joawarder, filed three cases against Shahidul Haque for embezzling rice from the relief aid allocated for the 2006-2007 fiscal year for the people of Barishal's Banaripara upazila.
Baishari Union Parishad member Barek Mridha, Udayakathi Union Parishad members Manoj Kumar Biswas and Aleya Begum were charged in these three cases.
On August 1, 2012, a charge sheet was submitted showing the former whip Shahidul Haque Jamal and the others as accused in the cases.