Following a Supreme Court order, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has evicted BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed from his illegally occupied house at Gulshan 2 in Dhaka.
A mobile court, led by Rajuk Executive Magistrate Khandker Oliur Rahman, conducted the drive on Wednesday around 12 noon to reclaim the house situated on 1.13 bighas of land worth around Tk300 crore.
“We started recovering the government land following the final verdict of the apex court,” Oliur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune.
Moudud Ahmed, a BNP Standing Committee member, was present there during the drive. Terming the eviction illegal and a politically motivated move, he said: “The drive is an example of political vengeance. The main reason for this is that I am a politician and an opposition leader.”
He also alleged that the government harassed him by using state mechanism.
“I had been living in this house for 36 years. I am undone now. I have no choice but to live on footpaths like street people,” Moudud said, expressing a flush of anger.
“Of course, I will take legal steps,” he added.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on Sunday asked the BNP policymaker to vacate the residence, scrapping his plea to review an Appellate Division verdict to leave the house.
On August 2 last year, the apex court scrapped a High Court judgment that ordered the house’s mutation against his brother Manjur Ahmed’s name.
It also scrapped proceedings of a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission on December 17, 2013 against Moudud and Manjur as an allegation surfaced that they attempted to grab the land through forging documents when Manjur was serving as a civil servant from 1978 to 2006.
The case statement says the house, in which Moudud had been living since 1973, actually belonged to a Pakistani national named Md Ehsan, who received the rights on the house from the then Dacca Improvement Trust (DIT) in 1960.
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Law enforcement officials patrol the perimeter of Barrister Moudud's house to maintain law and order Collected
Ehsan along with his Austrian wife Inje Mariah Flaz, who was added as another owner of the house in 1965, left Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War. As they did not come back, the government in 1972 listed the house as an abandoned property.
On the other hand, dockets of the house say Maria Flaz died on March 30, 1985. But Moudud and his brother in their dockets showed that they signed an agreement with her to buy the house on August 10 that year.
As the deed was not implemented, they filed a case that was quashed in 1993.
In 2005, the High Court ordered the mutation after Manjur had moved it in 2001. The court in 2010 accepted a petition to mutate the property against Manjur’s name. The Appellate Division, however, rejected the High Court order after the Rajuk had challenged it.
Despite the apex court’s order to vacate the house, Moudud vowed not to leave it, saying: “The court did not say that the house belongs to the government. The government did not give us any condition to leave it. We will speak to the house owner, Inje Mariah. This is a matter between me and her, not with the government.”
However, terming Moudud’s comments audacious, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the government now had the authority to evict any occupant of the land after the verdict.
Khaleda deplores Moudud’s eviction
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia visited Moudud on Wednesday and criticised the government for evicting her party leader from his residence, reports UNB.
Later in the day, Khaleda told an iftar party: “Moudud Ahmed was driven out to the street from the house he had been residing for over 30 years. I was also removed with one cloth from the house I had lived for 40 years.
“People have seen how they [AL men] grabbed houses. So, people will one day evict them from their houses with one cloth. They’re thinking they’ll stay fine, but people won’t let it happen.”
Association of Engineers, Bangladesh arranged the party at Bashundhara International Convention Centre.
Mentionable, the BNP chief was evicted from her home inside Dhaka Cantonment seven years ago after she had lost a legal battle.