The lawsuit comes after the city corporation started demolishing shops at Phulbaria market
A case has been filed against former Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon and six others over alleged embezzlement of around Tk35 crore.
Md Delwar Hossain, president of businessmen, owners' association of Gulistan’s Phulbaria City Supermarket 2, on Tuesday filed the case at the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ashek Imam recorded his statement and fixed Wednesday to pass an order in this regard.
The six other accused in the case are Yusuf Ali Sardar, former chief revenue officer of DSCC, and former deputy assistant engineers Majeed, Kamrul Hasan, Helena Akhter, Atiqur Rahman and Md Walid Hossen.
Delwar alleged that Khokon and the six others took around Tk35 crore from him and others traders in the name of allocating shops at the market’s Block A between June 21, 2015, and September 29, 2019.
But they were not allocated the shops, he alleged, and the shops were now being demolished by the city corporation.
Ignoring huge political pressure, DSCC authorities earlier this month had launched a large-scale eviction drive against illegally set up shops at city markets, including Phulbaria, amid protests of shop owners and employees.
Meanwhile, Sayeed Khokon alleged that his successor, DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, had Delwar file the case.
“Taposh is making Delu [Delwar] do this filthiness,” Khokon said, according to an SMS his Personal Secretary Habibul Islam Suman sent to journalists, reports Bangla Tribune.
“This is tarnishing my and my party’s [Awami League] image,” read the SMS.