Bashundhara chairman jailed for keeping illegal currency
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, his wife and three sons to two years' rigorous imprisonment for illegally keeping local and foreign currencies amounting to Tk 23 lakh at their residence.
The other convicted are Shah Alam's wife Afroza Begum, sons Sadad Sobhan Tanvir, Sayem Sobhan Anvir and Sapoyan Sobhan Tachhvir.
Judge Mohammad Abul Bashar of the First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court also fined them Tk 10,000 each, defaulting on which will earn them three months more in jail.
The sentences will be effective from the day of their arrest or surrender. The court directed the authorities to confiscate the illegal currencies in favour of the state.
Earlier, the court had recorded statements of 14 prosecution witnesses.
According to the prosecution, police seized the currencies worth Tk 23,10,885 at Shah Alam's Gulshan residence during a raid on February 4 last year.
Later on February 19, police filed a case accusing Shah Alam, his wife and three of their sons of the offences.
The investigation officer of the case submitted the charge sheet on January 22 this year.
Shah Alam, accused in 15 other criminal cases, and his wife were earlier convicted in a tax-dodging case.