During a drive, RAB arrested them with a huge amount of money, which they say were meant to be used to influence the election
A Dhaka court has placed three people on five-day remand each in a case filed under the Money Laundering Prevention Act and Anti-terrorism Act.
The trio were arrested during Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) drives in the capital’s Motijheel and Gulshan area between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
They were caught with Tk8 crore in cash and Tk10 crore in cheques, which RAB claimed were meant to be distributed around the country to instigate violence and influence the 11th general election, scheduled to be held on Sunday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Masudur Rahman on Wednesday issued the remand order after rejecting their bail petitions.
Earlier, Motijheel police station Sub-Inspector and case investigation officer Faruk Hossain had produced the trio before the court with a 10-day remand plea, saying police needed to further question them to find out about their other accomplices.
The three accused are: Amena Enterprise General Manager Joynal Abedin and office assistant Alamgir Hossain, and Ali Haider, managing director of United Corporation.
The case was filed against them at Motijheel police station on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed at a press briefing had disclosed the trio’s arrest and recovery of the money following the elite force’s drives.
Acting on a tip-off, RAB swept through the office of export-import and contractor firm United Corporation on the 27th floor of City Centre at Motijheel and Amena Enterprise at Gulshan between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, making the arrests and seizure.
RAB had raided United Corporation at first, and arrested Haider while seizing Tk8 crore in cash and Tk10 crore in cheques from there.
Benazir said evidence showed that some Tk150 crore was distributed from these offices around the country to instigate violence ahead of the polls and influence the results of the election.
He said the huge amount of money was sent from Dubai to Bangladesh via hundi.
United Corporation owner Mahmudul Hasan is an expatriate living in Dubai, and BNP’s candidate in Shariatpur 3 constituency Miah Nuruddin Ahmed Apu is the owner of Amena Enterprise.
Apu is also a former assistant personal secretary of acting BNP chief Tarique Rahman, who currently lives in London.