The Criminal Investigation Department has filed a case against former Faridpur town unit Awami League general secretary and his brother in connection with siphoning off Tk 2,000 crore abroad.
SM Miraj Al Mahmud, a CID inspector, lodged the case against AL leader Sajjad Hossain alias Barkat and his brother Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel, former president of Faridpur Press Club, under the money laundering act with Kafrul Police Station in the capital on Friday.
Meanwhile, Faridpur district AL and the press club relived the two from their respective posts after they were recently arrested on charges of attacking the house of Subal Chandra Saha, president of Faridpur AL.
Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy inspector general of CID, said they were investigating the money laundering case.
According to the case statement, the two amassed huge wealth after they won contracts of the district's various government departments, including LGED, BRTA, and roads and highways, through manipulation since 2010.
They were also allegedly involved in drug trading and grabbing land. The two became owners of around 23 buses, and several trucks and luxurious cars.
A significant portion of their wealth was laundered abroad through hundi, an illegal cross-border fund transfer process, read the statement.
Earlier, Sajjad and his brother Rubel used to work for a BNP leader in Rajbari Rastar Mor area in the district town. They were also accused in a lawyer murder case filed on November 20, 1994, according to the case statement.
CID Inspector Al Mahmud was first appointed to investigate their wealth on June 18, 2020. In primary probe, the inspector found the two had smuggled around Tk 2,000 crore abroad, added the case statement.
Md Selimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station, confirmed that the money laundering case was lodged with the station.
Contacted, CID Inspector Mahmud said the two brothers would be shown arrested in the case soon, and they would produce them before a court seeking a 10-day remand.
On June 7, police arrested nine people, including Sajjad and Rubel, in different areas of Faridpur town for their alleged involvement in attacking the house of Subal Chandra in the town's Goalchamat area on May 16.
Soon after the two brothers' arrest, they were accused in six cases, including extortion, arms, and narcotics, said Belal Hossain, sub-inspector of Kotwali Police Station in Faridpur.
Jamal Pasha, additional superintendent of Faridpur police, said Sajjad and Rubel were produced before a court on Sunday seeking a 10-day remand in two cases, but the court placed each of them on a two-day remand.