he ruling Awami League MP was defending himself in the court of Dhaka's Third Special Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar on Wednesday in a case over hiding assets.

The court set July 20 for the next hearing of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)

case.

Quoting the MP as telling the court, ACC lawyer Kabir Hossain told bdnews24.com: "I have neither defaulted on loan nor have I made properties from unknown sources. I have not done anything wrong."

"I am not guilty. I am an honest businessman. I live off business," Badi added, according to the lawyer.

The MP was honoured for being the highest taxpayer of Cox's Bazar in 2014.

He was also named in a Department of Narcotics Control list of suspected Yaba trade ringleaders.

Badi, prosecuted by the ACC, said he would not present any defence witness on the next day of hearing.

The court has heard deposition of 13 witnesses after Badi's indictment on Sep 9 last year.

ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Abdus Sobhan prosecuted the MP on Aug 21, 2014 on charge of acquiring assets worth around Tk 130 million by unlawful means.

Badi was arrested and put in jail for three weeks in October the same year.

He later secured interim bail from the High Court.

Source: Bangladesh's First Internet Newspaper