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ACC sues Samrat, Arman over illegal wealth

  • Published at 04:47 pm November 12th, 2019
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File Photo: Jubo League leader Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, right, and his accomplice Enamul Haque Arman Collected

The duo was arrested by RAB on October 6

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against casino kingpins Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and his associate Enamul Haque Arman on Tuesday, on charges of amassing illegal wealth.  

ACC's Public Relations Officer (PRO) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune. 

He said: “The accused Samrat and Enamul were involved in the illegal casino business and had illegally amassed wealth of TK 2.94 crore and Tk2.05 crore, respectively.  

Jahangir Alam and M Salauddin, ACC deputy directors, filed two separate cases against them at the integrated district office-1 on Tuesday

According to the ACC report, the commission learnt that Samrat had  amassed illegal wealth worth Tk 1,000 crore abroad. 

On October 6, Rapid Action Battalion members arrested Samrat, former president of Dhaka South Jubo League, and his close aide Arman, former vice-president of the same unit. 

According to the ACC report, Samrat came under the spotlight after RAB  busted his illegal casino business at different sporting clubs in Dhaka. He was expelled from the Jubo League following his arrest.

Samrat was then brought to the capital, and the elite force conducted operations at various places and establishments where the Jubo League leader had  either lived or carried out political and business activities.

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 Sarwer Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months’ imprisonment for possessing the hides of wild animals and another six months for possessing illegal liquor.

RAB filed two cases against him with Ramna police station the next day after the arrest.

On September 24, the government imposed a travel ban on Samrat.