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Ragib Ali, son freed on bail

  • Published at 11:34 pm October 10th, 2018
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Sylhet Central Jail Senior Jailer Md Abdul Jalil told the Dhaka Tribune the duo was released after they secured bail from the High Court in the case around 5pm on Wednesday

Industrialist Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hai have been released on six-month bail from Sylhet Central Jail, after they were convicted in a case filed over signature forgery in Sylhet. 

Sylhet Central Jail Senior Jailer Md Abdul Jalil told the Dhaka Tribune the duo was released after they secured bail from the High Court in the case around 5pm on Wednesday.

The court, led by Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, granted bail to Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hye for six months on Monday, said Ragib's lawyer Abdul Halim Kafi.

Earlier, on August 9, Special District and Sessions Judge Dilip Kumar Bhoumik had upheld the verdict of the Sylhet's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court after hearing the appeal of Ragib and his son.

The special court also ordered the father and son to surrender before the lower court concerned before September 17. 

On August 25, 1999, the then Parliamentary Committee on the Land Ministry found that Tarapur Tea Estate had grabbed a vast area of an endowment property and set up several establishments on the land illegally.

Later, the sub-committee of the parliamentary watchdog recommended legal action against the illegal occupants.

SM Abdul Hye, the land commissioner of Sylhet Sadar, filed two cases against six people, including Ragib Ali, with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station on September 27, 2005.

On January 19, 2016, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court asked the authorities concerned to reclaim Tarapur Tea Estate. The SC also ordered reinvestigation into the cases, although police had submitted a final report disposing of the case.

Following the SC order, a Sylhet court ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the cases again.

The PBI submitted a report accusing Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hye.

Hours after filing of the report, Ragib Ali and his family members fled to India.

On November 24, 2016, Ragib Ali was arrested in Karimganj district of India’s Assam for illegal stay, and a court sent him to jail. Meanwhile, Abdu Hye was arrested from the Jakiganj border area on November 12. Later, they were produced before a Sylhet court and sent to jail.

Ragib Ali is the vice-chairman of South East Bank, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Leading University, and former chairman of Board of Trustees of North South University. He founded Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet and many other organizations, including local newspaper ‘Dainik Sylheter Dak’.

He was widely known as Daanbir Ragib Ali for his financial contributions to many educational institutions.