ACC finds huge wealth of Samrat associate Jakir

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:42pm on November 29, 2020

An investigation of the Anti-Corruption Commission has found a huge amount of illegal wealth belonging to Jakir Hossain, an associate of expelled Juba League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat.

The commission prosecuted Jakir in November 2019 for accumulating illegal wealth after his arrest in Bhola by the law enforcers during a drive against the people involved in casino operations.

Commission investigators have found that Jakir possesses illegal wealth worth Tk 5.86 crore, an ACC director general told New Age on Sunday.

He said that the commission found papers that showed that Jakir purchased two flats at Shantinagar in the capital spending Tk 77.18 lakh and has Tk 5.8 crore in bank deposits.

He said that the commission would approve a charge sheet against Jakir, who is now in jail, in a day or two.

Earlier on November 15, the ACC approved a charge sheet against Samrat after it had found that he had  accumulated illegally and laundered Tk 223 crore, of which Tk 219.48 crore were invested in casinos in Singapore and Malaysia.

On October 6, 2019, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Samrat and his close aide Enamul Haque Arman, also vice-president of the same Juba League unit, in Cumilla after raiding a house.

Samrat came under the spotlight after RAB busted his illegal casino business at different sports clubs in Dhaka.

Both the accused were expelled from the Juba League following their arrest.

On October 7, RAB filed two cases against Samrat for possessing illegal arms and narcotics while Arman was also accused in the narcotics case.

On September 30, the commission launched inquiries to detect illegal wealth of the people involved in the unauthorised casino operations and other illegal business.