Yunus bailed in 'Shakti Yogurt' case

Muhammad Yunus has been bailed in a case filed by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) alleging that an adulterant was found in yogurt produced by Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.

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Published : 27 Jan 2011, 02:46 AM
Updated : 27 Jan 2011, 02:46 AM
Dhaka, Jan 27 (bdnews24.com) — Muhammad Yunus has been bailed in a case filed by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) alleging that an adulterant was found in yogurt produced by Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.
Dhaka district joint judge Sheikh Nazmul Hasan granted bail after the Grameen Bank boss appeared before the court in a 30 minute hearing on Thursday.
The judge also set Feb 23 to frame charges in the case.
DCC food inspector Kamrul Islam filed the case on earlier this month after inspectors allegedly found an adulterant in 'Grameen Shakti Doi', yogurt produced by Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.
Yunus, speaking to reporters after the bail hearing said: "The court summoned me. I appeared before it and appealed for bail. The court granted me bail. I've got justice."
His lawyer, Sara Hossain, said: "Dr Yunus is not directly connected with Shakti Doi, although it is a sister organisation of Grameen [Bank]."
"We've appealed for bail as the case was filed over bail-able charges," she added.
Hossain said the court had also granted their appeal that Yunus does not need to appear again before the court.
According to Grameen Trust's newsletter, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. is a social enterprise undertaken by four companies — Grameen Byabosha Bikash, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Shakti and Grameen Telecom — and Groupe Danone of France. The objective of the enterprise, launched on Nov 8 2006, is to help eradicate poverty by providing nutritious dairy food for rural children.
In a separate case on Jan 18, a Mymensingh court bailed Yunus in a defamation suit filed by local politician Nazrul Islam Chunnu, a district general secretary of JSD (national socialist party).
The suit was back by a group of left-wing politicians furious that the micro-credit pioneer branded all politicians greedy and money-mongers in an interview with international wire service AFP days after a military-installed caretaker government took power in Bangladesh in Jan 2007.
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