Destiny boss now back in jail
Destiny Group Managing Director Rafiqul Amin was taken back to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University yesterday after he was found holding a Zoom meeting from the hospital's prison cell in a leaked video.
Rafiqul was taken to the jail around 4:00pm after being discharged from BSMMU, said Subhash Kumar Ghosh, senior jail superintendent of Dhaka Central Jail, while speaking to The Daily Star.
Rafiqul was in the BSMMU prison cell for around three months since April 11, following complaints regarding urology and diabetes while in jail, said jail officials.
He was attending an hour-long business meeting on Zoom application with Destiny officials and business partners in May.
However, his discharge from the hospital came only after the video went viral on social media and the news media reported on it.
Rafiqul had been in jail since 2012, when he was arrested in cases filed over embezzling and laundering around Tk 4,200 crore.
Since then, he was admitted to BSMMU and Birdem Hospitals on pleas of different kind of diseases.
He is among several high-profile prisoners who made headlines on several occasions for "managing" to go to hospitals from prisons with excuses of ailments and staying in hospital cabins for long.
Once the media reported Rafiqul's "comfortable life", after "managing" jail guards and even doctors, he was taken back to prison.
Asked whether jail authorities earlier took any punitive action against jail staffers, Brig Gen Md Mominur Rahman Mamun, inspector general of prisons, yesterday said he was not aware of any action taken as he had not joined at that time.
After Rafiqul again made headlines after holding the Zoom meeting, jail authorities formed a three-member inquiry committee, headed by deputy inspector general (prisons) Towhidur Rahman.
Contacted yesterday, Towhidur yesterday said the matter was under investigation. He refused to give further details about the findings.
Jail authorities withdrew eight jail guards on Thursday, while suspending four chief prison guards. They also filed departmental cases against 13 others, including seven assistant chief prison guards, on Friday, in connection with the incident.