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Munir: The man behind the bar in Horse and Horse

  • Published at 10:04 pm September 26th, 2020
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He is in jail now in a forgery case, has several other similar charges pressed against him, and was arrested once for producing pornographic films

Shafiullah Al Munir, CEO of Index Group and a well-known sports organizer who sits on top bodies of several federations, rented a corner at Horse and Horse to operate a bar.

He is in jail now in a forgery case, has several other similar charges pressed against him, and was arrested once for producing pornographic films.

A few months ago, Munir made an agreement with the owner of Horse and Horse restaurant Mehreen Mansur to operate a bar on the premises. He said the bar would help the restaurant recover losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to people familiar with the business deal.

Munir, former president of the Bangladesh Cycling Federation has been in jail since August 27 on charges of cheque forgery. There are also allegations against him of defrauding people on assurances of obtaining licenses for the LPG cylinder trade, bars, and for sending people abroad.

He serves as vice-president of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation and chairman of the Event Strategy and Development Committee of the Asian Hockey Federation.

Munir, who also serves as a vice president of the Bangladesh Weightlifting Federation and the Bangladesh Archery Federation, is actively involved with several sporting clubs, including Dhaka Mohammedan, Victoria, and Dhaka Wari Club. His company, the Index group, is a patron of hockey, cricket, weight lifting, archery, shooting, rowing and rugby, at home and abroad.

He was in the news in 2016, when he, then Mohammedan Club hockey committee chairman, entered the pitch with armed bodyguards despite the fact that firearms of any kind are forbidden on the grounds as per the laws of the game.

Arrested from Dhaka in 2008 on charges of producing pornographic movies, Munir is also named in at least three other cases of forgery.

The latest cheque forgery case, which landed him in jail last month, was filed by Jayanta Kumar Deb.

According to the case details, Munir took Tk3 crore from the complainant on assurances of providing him a license to sell LPG cylinders in 14 districts.

As Munir was delaying on the deal, Jayanta asked for his money back. The cheque for Tk1.72 crore the complainant was given, was rejected by the bank.

Munir also stands accused of similar charges in another case concerning the construction of the International Convention Centre at the Fire Service property in Dhaka’s Purbachal.

A general diary was lodged by MM Ahsan Nizami, brother of Munir’s ex-wife, with Gulshan police station on June 28. Nizami accused Munir of threatening his life. 

Two days earlier, Nizami also filed a complaint with Mohammadpur police station accusing Munir of vandalizing his car. 

Munir, who is from Tangail, is affiliated with the Jatiya Party, which he joined before the 2018 general elections. He has sat on the party’s policy making presidium and has also served as the convener of the party’s Tangail district unit. 

Munir contested the last general elections from a seat in Tangail with the party ticket, but lost. The Jatiya Party says they have ousted Munir.

Jatiya Party Joint Office Secretary Mahmud Alam told Dhaka Tribune that Munir was stripped of all designations and his primary membership was scrapped on September 23.

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