The High Court yesterday directed the law enforcers to arrest seven convicted executives of Bismillah Group, including its managing director Khaza Solaiman Anwar Chowdhury, in seven days in a case filed over laundering Tk 15.33 crore, as they are absconding and have not surrendered to the trial court concerned.
The court ordered the inspector general of police and the director general of Rab to issue red alert through Interpol to detain them if the law enforcers cannot arrest them in seven days.
Six other absconding offenders are: Chowdhury's wife and the chairperson of Bismillah Group Nowrin Hasib, Shafiqul Anwar Chowdhury, Akbar Aziz Muttakin, Abul Hashem Chowdhury, Riazuddin Ahmed and Akbar Hossain.
The HC also asked the IGP and Rab DG to submit reports on the progress of arresting the fugitives by April 5.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the order while hearing a petition filed by SM Shoabul Kabir, another jailed convict in the case, seeking bail. It refused to grant bail to Kabir and fixed April 5 for further hearing.
Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik said a Dhaka court on September 10, 2018 sentenced nine Bismillah Group executives to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in the case.
In November 2013, ACC filed a case against them. Mustaque Ahmed Khan and Kabir were sent to jail after they surrendered to the trial court. Twelve cases were filed against 54 officials of the company over fraud, money laundering and corruption.