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Charges pressed against Samrat

  • Published at 07:59 pm December 9th, 2019
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File Photo: Police escort Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat at Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court premises in Dhaka on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Focus Bangla

The charge sheet was submitted to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court on Monday

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has submitted a charge sheet against expelled Jubo League South unit president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat in a case filed under the Narcotics Control Act.

The charge sheet was submitted to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court on Monday.

Confirming the matter, RAB Director (legal and media wing) Sarwar Bin Kashem said: "Samrat’s accomplice Enamul Haque Arman was also charged in the same case.

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 the ACC report, the commission learned that Samrat has hoarded illegal wealth abroad worth Tk1,000 crore.

On October 15, Samrat was also remanded for 10 days in two cases filed under the 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 Dhaka, 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 on illegal casinos began on September 18.

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 Enamul were involved in the illegal casino business and had hoarded illegal wealth to the tune of  Tk2.94 crore and Tk2.05 crore respectively, up until  fiscal year 2018-19.