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Casino Crackdown: CID files money laundering case against Lokman

  • Published at 11:22 pm November 19th, 2019
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File Photo: Police escort Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan at the CMM court Friday, September 27, 2019 Focus Bangla

On October 27, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Lokman on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk4.34 crore

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed a money laundering case against Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, director-in-charge of Mohammedan Sporting Club and a director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board. 

The case was filed with the Motijheel police station on Tuesday afternoon.

Mostafa Kamal, CID’s organized crime unit special superintendent (SS), confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Kamal said: "CID started the shadow investigation regarding Lokman being involved in money laundering when this issue attracted widespread criticism among the people of the country. The money that Lokman earned through casinos and other illegal means was transferred to various banks abroad, anonymously converted to other institutions and invested in various sectors.

"Now a case has been filed in this regard. Necessary steps will be taken upon further investigation."

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Lokman from his residence at Monipuripara in Tejgaon and filed a case under the Narcotics Control Act with the Tejgaon police station on September 26.

On October 27, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Lokman on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk4.34 crore.

According to media reports, since the raid, Lokman said he was forced to rent the club’s room for gambling purposes upon “political pressure.”

The raids were part of the ongoing clampdown of law enforcement agencies on illegal gambling establishments and casinos in the capital and elsewhere, which started on September 18.