The High Court has reduced the jail term of former minister Nazmul Huda to four years, from the previous seven in a bribery case.
A former cabinet member of the BNP administration, Nazmul Huda was ousted from the party and sentenced to prison in 2007 in the case by the Anti Corruption Commission or ACC.
A Dhaka court had then also convicted his wife Sigma and ordered a three-year term for her.
The High Court, while delivering the verdict, said the time Huda’s wife served in jail until now will be counted as her sentence.
The order came after re-hearing appeals by the Hudas challenging the trial court’s decision.
The High Court had earlier acquitted them, but the Appellate Division scrapped it and sent it back for a fresh hearing.
The court said Huda, now leading his own party Bangladesh Nationalist Alliance, will have to surrender within 45 days after the order reaches the trial court.
However, the HC did not give any order regarding the trial court fining him Tk. 25 million.
ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan said the fine has been upheld as the court did not say anything on it.