Irfan Salim cleared from drug case

Court Correspondent | Published: 15:42, Mar 01,2021 | Updated: 00:40, Mar 02,2021


Irfan Salim

A Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court on Monday relieved Dhaka-6 ruling Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim’s son Irfan Salim of drug charges accepting a final report submitted by the police investigation officer of the case filed by the Rapid Action Battalion.

Metropolitan magistrate Shahinur Rahman passed the order.

On January 5, police inspector Muhammad Delwar Hossain submitted the final report in the drug and arms cases, recommending Irfan’s release.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Special Tribunal-1 on February 18 relieved Irfan of charges in an arms case filed with the Chawkbazar police station.

In their final reports, Chawkbazar police said they found no evidence to prove the charges against Irfan in the two cases filed under the narcotics control and arms acts by the Rapid Action Battalion.

The Detective Branch, however, earlier on February 11 filed a charge sheet against Irfan Salim and four others on charge of assaulting a navy officer in Dhaka in October 2020.

Irfan is now in jail along with three others, named in the cases. Another accused Kazi Ripon is still in hiding.

Navy Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan filed the case on October 26, 2020 against Irfan and his associates for assaulting him in the Kalabagan crossing after Salim’s car had hit the officer’s motorbike.

The battalion raided Haji Salim’s house in Dhaka’s Old Town following the incident and recovered firearms and drugs.

In the raid, the battalion seized 38 walkie-talkie sets, three VHF sets, two pistols, two handcuffs, a router, six bottles of alcohol, a shooter gun and 400 Yaba pills, the battalion stated in two cases filed against Irfan for possessing illegal firearms and drugs.

Chawkbazar police, however, submitted the final reports citing ‘insufficient information’ in the first information report of filed by the battalion.

A Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court also granted bail to Irfan in two cases filed over illegal possession of walkie-talkies and consumption of liquor.

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