POST TIME: 13 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
ACC sues Samrat, Arman over illegal wealth

ACC sues Samrat, Arman over illegal wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed two separate cases against expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and his aide, Enamul Haque Arman, on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk. 2.94 crore and 2.5 crore, respectively. The cases have been filed against them with the graft watchdog's coordinated district office of Dhaka-1, said ACC deputy director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

He also said that the commission learned that Samrat had amassed illegal wealth worth Tk. 1,000 crore abroad. On October 6, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members arrested Samrat, former president of the Dhaka South Jubo League, and Arman, former vice-president of the same unit, from Cumilla after raiding a house near the Indian border.

On October 7, RAB-1 deputy assistant director Abdul Khalek filed the two cases against Samrat for possessing illegal arms and narcotics. Arman was also accused in the narcotics case.

Samrat came under the spotlight after the RAB busted his illegal casino business at different sports clubs in Dhaka. He was expelled from the Jubo League following the arrest.

Samrat was then brought to the capital as the elite force raided various establishments where the Jubo League leader either lived or carried out political and business activities.

The RAB also took Samrat to his political office in Kakrail where he had been reportedly staying since the crackdown began on September 18.

A RAB mobile court, led by executive magistrate Sarwoer Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months’ imprisonment for possessing animal hides and another six months for possessing illegal liquor. On September 24, the government imposed a travel ban against 22 graft suspects including Samrat. The commission imposed the travel ban after getting primary evidence against the suspects about their involvement in casino business and money laundering.On October 15, the ACC said it had detected the names of 43 people—some of them politicians and government officials—who have been making illegal wealth through casino business. The commission found the involvement of some current and former politicians, as well as current government officials, during the investigation.

According to media reports, 60 illegal casinos were operating in the capital until recently. Gambling took place regularly at the casinos situated in Segunbagicha, Motijheel, Fakirapool, Dilkusha, Bank Colony, Arambagh, Naya Paltan, Kakrail, Gulistan, Osmani Udyan, Bangabazar, Gulshan Link Road, Uttara, New Market and Kalabagan areas.