Nazmul Huda

Nazmul Huda (born 6 January 1943)[3] is a Bangladeshi barrister and politician. He served as the minister of information (1991–1996) and the minister of communications (2001–2006) of the government of Bangladesh.[4] He was a 4-term Jatiya Sangsad member representing the Dhaka-1 constituency.[5] He was a member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party since its inception until 2012 when he left the party as its vice chairman.[6]

Nazmul Huda
নাজমুল হুদা
Minister of Communications
In office
10 October 2001 – 28 October 2006
Preceded byAnwar Hossain Manju
Succeeded bySyed Abul Hossain
Ministry of Information
In office
March 1991 – January 1996
Member of Parliament
for Dhaka-1
In office
20 March 1991 – 29 October 2006
Preceded byShahid Khandaker[1]
Succeeded byAbdul Mannan Khan[2]
Personal details
Born (1943-01-06) 6 January 1943 (age 78)
NationalityBangladeshi
Political party
Spouse(s)Sigma Huda

Political careerEdit

Huda started his political career with Jagodal, a party founded by former President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman in 1977.[6] He became the founding member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).[6] He resigned from BNP as a vice chairman in June 2012.[7] Two months later he formed his own party Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF).[7] He was ousted by the party leader S.M. Abul Kalam Azad after a few months.[6] He formed Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA) in May 2014 and Bangladesh Manabadhikar Party (BMP) in November the same year.[6] In November 2015, he formed his fifth political party named Trinamool BNP.[8][9][10]

Huda, as the head of an alliance of 31 parties, joined the Awami League-led 14-party combine in January 2016.[10]

Huda was defeated as in the 2018 Bangladeshi general election as a Bangladesh National Alliance (BNA) party candidate from the Dhaka-17 constituency.[11]

Charges and convictionsEdit

On 21 March 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case accusing Huda, while he was the communications minister during 2001–2006, taking Tk 2.40 crore as bribe from a businessman, Mir Zahir Hossain, in exchange for awarding him Tk 30 crore government contracts for construction work. On 27 August, he was sentenced to 7 years' of rigorous imprisonment. Based on the appeal, the High Court, on 20 March 2011, had acquitted him of the charges but on 1 December 2014, the Supreme Court's Appellate Division scrapped the acquittal. On 8 November 2017, the High Court commuted the jail term to 4 years.[12] The Supreme Court asked Huda to surrender in this case in January 2018.[13] After surrendering, Huda was sent to prison on 7 January 2019.[11] On 21 January, the Supreme Court granted bail in this case.[14]

On 27 July 2007, Golam Mohammad Siraj, a BNP politician and owner of Cab Express Ltd, filed a case against Huda and his wife accusing them of extorting him for two Maruti cars in 2003. A Dhaka court, on 12 June 2008, sentenced Huda to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment in this case. But in September 2015, the High Court scrapped the lower court verdict and acquitted him.[15]

On 3 April 2008, Huda was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment on charges of concealing wealth information and illegally amassing wealth.[16] Following an appeal, the High Court, in August 2010, acquitted him from this case.[17] But, the Supreme Court scrapped the acquittal verdict in September 2015.[18]

On 18 June 2008, ACC filed a case accusing Huda and his wife taking Tk 6 lakh as bribe from a contractor. The High Court scrapped the case in 2016 but in 2017, the Appellate Division cancelled the High Court verdict.[19] Following a petition, on 8 July 2019, the High Court asked ACC to end inquiry within 4 months.[20]

On 9 January 2020, ACC filed two graft cases against the Huda and his family for laundering about Tk 6.73 crore in UK.[21] They were granted bail on these charges on 10 March.[22]

On 19 February 2020, ACC filed a case against Huda for bringing false allegation against a former Chief Justice of Bangladesh Surendra Kumar Sinha.[23] According to the statement, Huda falsely claimed that Sinha had demanded bribe from him promising to dismiss a corruption case filed against him.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Huda is married to lawyer Sigma Huda.[25] Together they have two daughters Antora Salima Huda and Srabonti Ameena Huda.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of 4th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament.
  2. ^ "List of 9th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament.
  3. ^ "Profile - Mr. Nazmul Huda". www.tritiyomatra.com. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  4. ^ "BNP does not attend Awami League National Council". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  5. ^ "List of 8th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Nazmul Huda creates yet another party". The Daily Star. 2014-11-30. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  7. ^ a b "Nazmul Huda forms yet another party". The Daily Star. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  8. ^ "Nazmul Huda forms 'Trinamool BNP'". The Daily Star. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  9. ^ "Nazmul Huda floats new party, calls it 'Trinamool BNP'". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Huda-led alliance to join 14-party: Nasim". The Daily Star. 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  11. ^ a b "Huda starts serving time". The Daily Star. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. ^ "Huda's jail term commuted". The Daily Star. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  13. ^ "SC asks Nazmul Huda to surrender in bribery case". The Daily Star. 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  14. ^ "Nazmul Huda gets bail in bribe case". The Daily Star. 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  15. ^ "Nazmul Huda acquitted of extortion case". The Daily Star. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  16. ^ a b "Huda handed 12yrs for ill-gotten wealth". The Daily Star. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  17. ^ "Huda's jail sentence scrapped". The Daily Star. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  18. ^ "Huda's acquittal scrapped, Khoka's graft trial to continue". The Daily Star. 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  19. ^ "SC stays case against Nazmul Huda, wife". The Daily Star. 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  20. ^ "HC asks ACC to end inquiry into graft case against Nazmul Huda". The Daily Star. 2019-07-08. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  21. ^ "Ex-minister's wife, daughters sued for 'money laundering'". The Daily Star. 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  22. ^ "Nazmul Huda's wife, daughters get bail in corruption cases". The Daily Star. 2020-03-10. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  23. ^ "SK Sinha sued". The Daily Star. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  24. ^ "Nazmul Huda sued by ACC over false allegation against SK Sinha". The Daily Star. 2020-02-19. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  25. ^ "SC upholds acquittal of Manju". The Daily Star. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2016.