Siphoning Tk 222cr: Samrat gets bail, no bar on release
Expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat today got ad-interim bail in a case filed for siphoning off around Tk 222 crore and channelling it to casinos in Singapore and Malaysia between 2011 and 2018.
With the today's bail order, there is no legal bar for his release from jail, said his lawyer Gazi Zillur Rahman.
Earlier, Samrat was granted bail in money laundering, arms and narcotics cases considering his health conditions.
Judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman of the Special Judge Court-6 of Dhaka granted him bail on grounds that he had been in jail since October 6 of 2019.
The judge also directed Samrat to submit his passport before the court while furnishing bail bond.
On December 7 of 2020, ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Alam, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet against Samrat, a "kingpin" of illegal casino businesses in the capital, to the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka.
On November 12 of 2019, the ACC filed the case against Samrat with its Integrated District office-1 of Dhaka for amassing illegal wealth of Tk 2.94 crore.