A Dhaka court on Thursday ordered the freeze of 88 bank accounts belonging to two expelled Awami League leaders of Faridpur and four others accused in a Tk 2000 crore money laundering case.
The accounts belong to sacked Faridpur municipal unit Awami League general secretary Sazzad Hossain Barkat, his brother Imtiaz Hasan Rubel, their wives and a staffer, said a court official.
Uttam Kumar Biswas, assistant superintendent of police of the Criminal Investigation Department and also the investigation officer of the case, on Thursday, filed a petition with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes for freezing the mentioned bank accounts.
The judge granted the plea and ordered the concerned authorities the freeze the bank accounts so that no money could be transacted from there, said court’s additional public prosecutor Tapos Kumar Pal.
According to the CID case statement, Barkat and Rubel made huge illegal asset by controlling construction works of various government departments, including LGED, BRTA, and Roads and Highways Department of Faridpur, since 2010.
They were also allegedly involved in drug trading and land grabbing. The two became owners of around 23 buses, several trucks and cars.
The CID on June 26 lodged the case with Kafrul police station in the capital against recently-sacked Faridpur municipal unit Awami League leader Barkat and his Rubel accusing them of money laundering.
The siblings were later arrested and they reportedly confessed to the court on July 24, following interrogation in police custody for three days.