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12:00 AM, January 02, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 02, 2008

Jalil shown held in wealth hiding case

MK Alamgir remanded; Tarique sent back to jail

Detained Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil was shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case filed for amassing illegal wealth and giving false assets statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Meanwhile, detained AL leader and former state minister for planning Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir was placed on a one-day remand in connection with a Tk 1 crore extortion case.
Besides, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman was sent back to jail custody yesterday after completion of his one-day remand in connection with a case filed for amassing huge amount of money through illegal means.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Rabbani issued the order after ACC Deputy Director Enamul Haque Chowdhury, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted a petition for showing Jalil arrested in the case.
On December 18, the ACC filed the case with Ramna Police Station against Jalil for concealing Tk 65,29,229 in his asset statement that he had submitted to the commission and for acquiring properties worth Tk 63,82,805 through unknown sources of income.
Joint forces detained Jalil on May 28 last year and took him on remand.
On June 4 he was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University as he fell ill and was later shifted to Labaid Cardiac Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
The same court ordered to send Tarique back into jail custody after the ACC produced him before the court in a bulletproof vest upon completion of his one-day remand in the graft case.
Though the order of his remand was issued on December 6, he was taken on remand on Monday.
The other two accused in this case are Tarique's wife Zubaida Rahman and his mother-in-law Iqbalmand Banu.
Zahirul Huda, deputy director of ACC, filed the case with Kafrul Police Station on September 26 for concealing information of assets worth over Tk 4.23 crore in his June 10 asset statement submitted to the corruption watchdog and illegally amassing an estimated Tk 4.82 crore worth of wealth.
In his assets statement that he turned in through the jail authorities, Tarique declared that his wife, daughter and he altogether owned assets worth Tk 1.37 crore.
Tarique was earlier remanded for 10 days in four extortion cases. He is accused in seven such cases filed with Shahbagh, Gulshan and Kafrul police stations.
The joint forces arrested him on March 7 from his mother's cantonment residence.
Another court of an additional chief metropolitan magistrate placed Alamgir on a one-day remand after Gulshan Police produced him before the court with a three-day remand prayer for interrogation.
In the forwarding report, Sub-Inspector Shahid Ullah, the IO of the case, mentioned that Alamgir had extorted Tk 1 crore from owner of a construction firm on different dates in 2001. As such, he needs to be remanded so that vital clues about the extorted money can be gathered from him.
In the meantime, defence lawyers submitted a bail petition along with a plea to cancel the remand prayer saying that their client was implicated in the case as part of a conspiracy to harass him. The joint forces arrested Alamgir on February 4 last year.
Abdul Monem, managing director of Abdul Monem Ltd, filed the case against Alamgir with Gulshan Police Station on October 10 last year.
In the case statement, Monem alleged that after he was awarded a work order for the reconstruction work of Kanchpur to Daudkandi portion of Dhaka-Chittagong highway in 2001, Alamgir, the then state minister for planning, abused his power and demanded Tk 2 crore from him.
The then state minister threatened to have the work order cancelled if Monem failed to comply. Finding no other alternative, on April 16, 2001, Monem gave Alamgir a cheque of Tk 50 lakh and on June 23 the same year, he gave Alamgir Tk 50 lakh in cash.
Earlier on July 26 last year, Alamgir was handed down 13 years' imprisonment in connection with a graft case.

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