Publish ad asking ex-minister’s brother, 5 others to appear by Oct 31: Court
A Dhaka court today directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisements in two national Bangla dailies asking Khandaker Mohtesam Hossain Babar, brother of former Awami League minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, and five others to appear before it by October 31 in a Tk 2,000 crore money laundering case.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge's Court passed the order after receiving reports on the execution of arrest warrants against the six from the officer-in-charge of Faridpur Sadar Police Station.
The five others are Khandaker Mosharraf's assistant personal secretary and former convener of Faridpur district Jubo League AHM Fuad, General Secretary of Faridpur District Swechchhasebak League Fahad bin Wazed Fahim alias Fahim, former joint convener of Faridpur town Jubo League Kamrul Hasan David, district Jubo League joint convener Mohammad Ali Minar, and Faridpur town Jubo League joint convenor Tariqul Islam alias Nasim.
Four others, who are now in jail, are former general secretary of Faridpur town AL unit Sajjad Hossain alias Barkat; and his brother, former president of Faridpur Press Club Imtiaz Hasan alias Rubel; former Faridpur town Jubo League president Khandakar Nazmul Islam Levi; and former general secretary of Faridpur town unit Jubo League Ashiqur Rahman Farhan.
On September 30, the same court issued arrest warrants against Babar and five others in the case.
On March 3, Uttam Kumar Biswas, assistant superintendent of police of the CID, and also the investigation officer (IO) in the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court in Dhaka.
SM Miraj Al Mahmud, a CID inspector, lodged the case on June 26 last year with Kafrul Police Station against the two brothers under the money laundering act.
According to the case statement, they amassed huge amounts of wealth after winning contracts from various government departments in the district through manipulation since 2010. They were allegedly involved in drug smuggling and land grabbing. The two became owners of around 23 buses, several trucks, and private cars.