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Money laundering charges brought against 'casino kingpin' Samrat

Investigators file case with Ramna police station against the expelled Jubo League leader and his aide Arman

Update : 13 Sep 2020, 08:26 PM

Investigators have pressed money laundering charges against expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and his aide Enamul Haque Arman.

In a case filed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) with Ramna police in Dhaka on Sunday, they stand accused of siphoning TK195 crore to Singapore and Malaysia.

“The money was siphoned off between December 2011 and August last year through a Dhaka-based company owned by Samrat,” CID’s Senior Assistant Superintendent Jisan Ul Haque told Dhaka Tribune. 

According to the case documents, Samrat made 37 trips to Singapore, 3 to Malaysia and travelled to Dubai and Hong Kong once during the same period. His aide Arman, made 23 trips to Singapore during the same time.

Samrat earned money through conducting various illegal activities in Motijheel, Fakirapool, Paltan and Kakrail areas, it said.

Samrat, the former president of Jubo League’s Dhaka South unit, came under the spotlight last year when RAB busted illegal gambling businesses at several sports clubs in Dhaka. 

He subsequently went into hiding before being arrested with Arman in Comilla on October 6 that year.

He was expelled from the Jubo League following his arrest.

RAB later conducted a raid on Samrat’s office in Kakrail’s Bhuiyan Trade Centre with him in tow.

They subsequently recovered a foreign pistol, 1,160 yaba tablets, 19 bottles of foreign liquor, two kangaroo hides, and 'electrical torture equipment.'

Two cases were also filed against him under the Narcotics Control Act and Arms Act with Ramna Police Station.

The Anti-Corruption Commission also filed two cases against Samrat and Arman for amassing wealth through illegal means.

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