Awami League embarrassed about businesspeople leaving country by charter planes

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:44, Jun 02,2020


The ruling Awami League is left embarrassed over the recent incidents of businesspersons leaving the country by charter flights, specifically two brothers of Sikder Group who left the country amid the coronavirus restrictions.

Several presidium members of the party told New Age on Monday that the high command of the party was dissatisfied with the incidents.

Party high-ups want a proper investigation to find the people involved in helping Sikder Group managing director Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder to leave the country in such a short time as they are prosecuted for the alleged link in threatening to shoot and torture two top bank officials over a loan approval, the leaders said.

They added that the policymakers of the party thought that such arrangement of giving scope to leave the country to Ron Haque and Dipu Haque had maligned the party image as their sister Parveen Haque Sikder is a reserved seat MP of the party.

Party insiders said that actions would be taken against the people involved allowing the siblings to the left country as the matter would be investigated formal or informally.

They said that the party was also unhappy for the departure of former Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader and foreign affairs minister M Morshed Khan and his wife and Beximco Group chairman Sohail F Rahman and his wife on separate charter planes as normal flight operation was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

They said that though the people except Morshed Khan had no connection with AL, but their family members were influential in the party.    

When asked AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif refused to make any comment over the issue.

On May 25, Ron Haque and Dipu Haque left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Bangkok on a Sikder Group air ambulance reportedly introducing themselves as ‘critical patients’.

They left the country after they came into the discussion when Exim Bank authorities filed a case with the Gulshan police accusing them of torturing two top officers of the bank on May 19.

On May 28, businessman Morshed Khan along with his wife left Dhaka by a charter flight for the United Kingdom although the Anti-Corruption Commission banned his foreign travel in 2019 in connection with a corruption case.

On May 29, Sohail F Rahman, also a brother of ruling AL lawmaker Salman F Rahman, and his wife left for the United Kingdom.

Salman F Rahman is also the private sector industry and investment adviser to the prime minister.

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