Tuesday 27, September 2022

SC cancels former JL leader Samrat’s bail in graft case

News Desk: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order cancelling the bail granted to expelled Juba League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat in a graft case.

A three-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Justice Md Nuruzzaman, rejected the leave-to-appeal petition of the expelled Juba League leader on Wednesday.

‘So, Samrat has to remain behind bars,’ said advocate Khurshid Alam, a counsel for the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Advocate Munsurul Haque Chowdhury appeared for Samrat.

On May 18, the High Court rejected the bail petition of Samrat in the case. The HC also asked him to surrender before the lower court within seven days.

Upon surrender, a Dhaka court sent him to jail after rejecting his bail petition on May 24.

Dhaka Special Judge Court-6’s judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman had earlier granted bail to Samrat in the graft case, paving the way for his release from judicial custody.

Samrat secured bail in a drugs case on April 11 and in an Arms Act case and a money laundering case on April 10.

The expelled Juba League leader had been undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University since November 24 last year.

On October 6, 2019, RAB detained Samrat and his associate Enamul Haque Arman from Chauddagram in Cumilla.

RAB raided his Kakrail office later that day. Huge quantities of foreign liquor, pistols, and two hides of kangaroo were seized from his office.

He was later sentenced by a mobile court to six months in prison under the Wildlife Conservation Act.

On October 7, Abdul Khaleque, deputy assistant director of RAB-1, lodged two complaints against Samrat at Ramna police station under the Arms and the Narcotics Act. Arman was also made an accused in the narcotics case.

On November 4, Shekhar Chandra Mallik, a sub-inspector, submitted a chargesheet against Samrat in the Arms Act case.

On November 12, the ACC lodged a complaint against him for acquiring assets worth Tk 2.94 crore beyond his known sources of income.

On September 12, 2020, Rashedur Rahman, sub-inspector of CID, registered a case against him with the Ramna police station for laundering Tk 195 crore to Malaysia and Singapore.

Lastly, on November 26 last year, the investigating officer in the case, Jahangir Alam, submitted a charge-sheet in the court.


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