Samrat was expelled from the Jubo League following his arrest
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday interrogated expelled Jubo League leader and casino kingpin Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat on allegations of amassing illegal wealth.
A team led by ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Alam interrogated him at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the capital, ACC Director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Dhaka Tribune.
The commission is trying to find out information about the wealth he had amassed illegally, which is still undisclosed.
The anti-graft body questioned Samrat at BSMMU as he was undergoing treatment there.
On November 24, Kashimpur Jail authorities admitted him to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital in Gazipur, and later transferred him to the ICU of BSMMU.
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Earlier on November 17, Samrat was placed on a six day remand in a case filed by ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Alam for amassing wealth illegally.
According to an ACC report, the commission learned that Samrat had accumulated illegal wealth abroad worth Tk1,000 crore.
On October 15, Samrat was remanded for 10 days in two cases filed under arms and narcotics acts.
On October 6, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 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 clubs in Dhaka.
He was expelled from the Jubo League following his arrest.
Samrat was brought to the capital and RAB conducted drives at several establishments where Samrat had either lived or carried out political and business activities.
Previously, RAB took Samrat to his political office in Kakrail, where he had been reportedly staying since the crackdown began on September 18.
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A RAB mobile court, led by Executive Magistrate Sarwer Alam, sentenced Samrat to six months’ imprisonment for possessing wild animal hides, and another six months for possessing illegal liquor.
RAB filed two cases against him with Ramna police station the day after the arrest.
On September 24, the government imposed a travel ban on Samrat.
According to the case statement, accused Samrat and Arman were involved in the illegal casino business and had hoarded illegal wealth amounting to Tk2.94 crore and Tk2.05 crore respectively, up until fiscal year 2018-19.