The High Court yesterday wanted to know how the bodyguards of GK Shamim, a top government-listed contractor, got licences for arms and how many firearms they have.
The court asked their lawyer Shamim Sarder to place the detailed information before it tomorrow.
The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the order while hearing a rule issued by this court over granting bail to the bodyguards in a money laundering case.
On February 3, the bench issued the rule asking the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to explain why the four accused -- Zahidul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Kamal Hossain and Samsad Hossain -- should not be granted bail in the case.
Rab arrested GK Shamim, who is known to be a Jubo League leader, on September 20 last year on charges of extortion and tender manipulation. His seven bodyguards, including the four accused, were also arrested at the time.
During the September 20 raid by the elite force at Shamim's house and office in the city's Niketon, eight firearms, a huge amount of ammunition, fixed deposit receipts worth Tk 165 crore and around Tk 1.8 crore in cash, a large stash of US and Singaporean dollars and some foreign liquor were seized.
On September 21, Rab filed a case with Gulshan Police Station against GK Shamim. Later, his bodyguards were shown arrested in the case.
Advocate Shamim Sarder appeared for the petitioners, while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan argued for the ACC. Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.