Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday filed a general diary with Banani Police Station, seeking protection of his properties as he has been unwell over the last several months.
“He [Ershad] filed the GD so that none can copy his signature to take hold of his properties in his absence,” Ershad’s Deputy Press Secretary Delwar Jalali told The Daily Star last night.
Banani Police Station Sub-Inspector Gulshan Ara Banu confirmed the matter to The Daily Star. The GD was filed around 2pm, he said.
Early this month, Ershad donated all his movable and immovable properties to a trust. The trustee board includes HM Ershad, his son Eric Ershad, Ershad’s personal secretary Shamsuzzaman Mukul, cousin Md Jahangir, and Maj (retd) Khaled Akhtar.
His wife Raushan Ershad and brothers were left out of the trustee board.
In his 2018 wealth statement submitted to the Election Commission before the last national election, Ershad mentioned that his yearly income was Tk 1.08 crore. His main sources of income are shares of various companies, unspecified businesses, salaries from various companies, and honorariums.
Ershad’s latest acquisitions are two flats in Gulshan and Banani, worth Tk 6.2 crore and Tk 4.9 crore respectively.