Bangladesh travel

Tafsir Awal free to travel abroad: HC

The High Court (HC) on Thursday announced a verdict allowing Tafsir Mohammad Awal, son of BNP leader Abdul Awal Mintoo, to travel abroad.

An HC bench consisting of Judge Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Judge Md Mostafizur Rahman declared the judgment ruling on a written petition by Tafsir challenging a travel ban against him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Barrister Mustafizur Rahman Khan and Barrister Shakib Mahbub appeared for the petitioner in court, while Barrister Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the ACC and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik appeared for the State That day.

On November 4, 2020, the ACC, without filing any complaints, issued a travel ban on Tafsir Awal, his attorney, Attorney Mostafizur, told The Business Standard.

As there are no cases and no specific allegations against him, Tafsir has written more than once to the relevant authorities, including the ACC, to review the decision. A formal notice was also served on the ACC to withdraw the decision, but to no avail, according to the lawyer.

Tafsir then filed a written petition with the HC challenging the ACC order, following which the court, in an interim order, allowed him to leave the country.

The BNP leader’s son last week asked for an extension to the HC’s order, prompting the court to seek information about his current whereabouts.

According to Tafsir’s lawyer, he currently resides in the UK.

The lawyer said the Appeals Division, in a rule from March last year, said the ACC would need the approval of the relevant court to ban a person from traveling abroad during an ongoing investigation.

No such law regarding the imposition of an embargo on corruption suspects or defendants leaving the country currently exists.

But the ACC had not filed any request for approval to impose a travel ban on Tafsir.