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Quader: How is Lokman still a BCB director?

Quader also spoke with the BCB president about the matter

Update : 28 Oct 2019, 06:23 PM

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has raised the question on how Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan still remains as a director of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), after he was arrested on charges of amassing illegal wealth and alleged links to casino business.

Quader said this while replying to questions from journalists at his secretariat office on Monday.

He said: “How come he (Lokman) is still a BCB director. He should have been removed from the post immediately after charges were brought against him. I have also talked to the BCB president about the matter.”

File photo of Awami League general secretary and minister for road transport and bridges Obaidul Quader | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

On Sunday, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Lokman at the anti-graft watchdog's Integrated District Office 1 in Dhaka where he has been accused of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk4.34 crore.

On September 26, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Lokman, also the Mohammedan Sporting Club director-in-charge from his residence at Monipuripara area in Tejgaon.

On September 22, police had seized two roulette tables and nine betting boards from the Mohammedan club's premises. They had also found 12 walkie-talkies, knives and money counting machines.

According to media reports, since the raid, Lokman had claimed that he was forced to rent the club’s room for gambling activities facing “political pressure.”

He is also accused of illegal arms dealing.

The raids were carried out as part of the law enforcement agencies’ ongoing clampdown on illegal gambling establishments and casinos in the capital and elsewhere, which started on September 18.

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