Seizure of 5,706 bighas land, 55 vehicles ordered

Court Correspondent | Published: 18:37, Feb 25,2021 | Updated: 00:48, Feb 26,2021


The Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court on Thursday ordered confiscating 5,706 bighas of land owned by Faridpur city unit Awami League’s suspended general secretary Sajjad Hossain Barkat and his brother Imtiaz Hasan Rubel in a case over laundering Tk 2,000 crore.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes of the court, responding to a petition filed by Criminal Investigation Department investigators, passed the order also asking the authorities to confiscate Tk 10 crore from 16 bank accounts and 55 vehicles, including buses, trucks, microbuses and private cars, of the siblings, the court’s bench officer Julfiker Hossain said.

The confiscated 5,706 bighas of land are under 487 schedules, court officials said quoting the petition by the CID officials.

The CID filed the petition seeking the confiscation of  the siblings’ scheduled assets, bank accounts and vehicles for the sake of a proper investigation of the case.

The CID on June 26, 2020 lodged the case with the Kafrul police station in the capital against Sazzad and his brother Imtiaz accusing them of laundering Tk 2,000 crore.

The siblings were later arrested, who reportedly made confessions on July 24, 2020 following an interrogation in the police custody for three days.

On July 31, 2020, police arrested Awami League Faridpur municipal unit president Nazmul Islam Khandaker Levy, 61, and district Sramik League treasurer Billal Hossain, 55, at their residences in the district town in the case.

On August 2, 2020, police arrested Awami Juba League Faridpur municipal unit general secretary Asibur Rahman Farhan, 40, at his house in the district town in the case.

Sajjad’s cousin and Faridpur town AL organising secretary Jafar Iqbal Harun Mandal, arrested in another case on December 24, 2020 in the district town, was also shown arrested in this case on December 30, 2020.

The six people are among the 12 arrested so far in the case, court officials said, adding that two of them have been granted bail.

The 10 other accused, including Sajjad and Imtiaz, are now in jail and a total of six of them have made statements before various courts in Dhaka in connection with the case, according to officials.

According to the case documents, Sajjad and Jafar have amassed vast wealth through manipulation since 2010 after they won contracts from various government departments in the district, including the Local Government Engineering Department, the Bangladesh Road Transport Autority and the Roads and Highways Department.

They were also allegedly involved in drug smuggling and land grabbing.

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