A Sylhet court on Wednesday sent businessman Ragib Ali and his son Abdul Hai to jail after rejecting their bail prayer in a case in which they were jailed for 14 years for forging a public document to occupy Tarapur Tea Estate, a property devoted to a Hindu deity, at Akhalia in the city.
Ragib Ali and his son appeared before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate court in the morning filing a bail prayer, court officials said.
When contacted, Sylhet court’s addition public prosecutor Shamim Ahmad said, ‘The additional chief metropolitan magistrate Mohammad Mostayeen Billah rejected the bail prayer and sent them to jail again after holding a hearing on the prayer in the afternoon.’
Earlier on August 9, the special session’s judge Dilip Kumar Bhowmik dismissed an appeal filed by the two convicts challenging the lower court verdict and ordered them to appear before the chief metropolitan magistrate court to regularise the bail they secured from the high court.
The appeal petition was filed with the metropolitan session’s judge court on February 16, 2017 challenging the verdict of the lower court, the court sources said.
Earlier on February 2 last year, the then chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero sentenced Ragib Ali and Abdul Hai for 14 years each for forging a circular of the land ministry to grab 423 acres of land of the tea estate at Akhalia in the city.
A bench of the High Court later granted them bail in the case.
Ragib Ali and his family members grabbed the Tarapur Tea Estate in 1988 and constructed a number of illegal structures including a medical college and a hospital on the occupied estate.
On January 19, 2016, the appellate division ordered them to hand the tea estate over to its caretaker Pankaj Kumar Gupta.
The SC also asked the authorities concerned to resume trial in two cases filed by the then assistant commissioner (land) of sadar upazila, SM Abdul Kader, against Ragib Ali and is family on charge of forging the land ministry circular and constructing illegal structures on the Tarapur Tea Estate.
Ragib Ali with his family members left the country for India immediately after the court issued the warrants of arrest against them.
He, however, was arrested on November 24, 2016 when Indian police deported him after detaining from Karimganj in Assam state. Abdul Hai was also arrested on November 12 in the same year immediately after he returned from the Karimganj through Jakiganj border in Sylhet.
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