Court Reporter: Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, the expelled leader of Juba League discussed in the casino scandal, has also been granted bail in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission for possessing illegal assets; As a result, there is no longer any obstacle to his release, said his lawyer.
Dhaka 6 Special Judge Al Asad Md. Asifuzzaman granted bail to the emperor after hearing his plea on Wednesday. Earlier, the same judge had twice denied bail in the case.
The judge set a new date of June 9 for the hearing of the charge sheet in the case.
Of the four cases against the emperor, the court granted him bail on April 10 in two arms and money laundering cases and the next day in a drug case. Besides, the six-month sentence given by the mobile court has also ended long ago.
As a result, his lawyer Ehsanul Haque said that there was no legal impediment to the release of the emperor.
November 12, 2019, ACC Deputy Director. Jahangir Alam filed a case against Samrat alleging that he owned illegal assets worth almost TK 2.95 crore.
According to the details of the case, the emperor has acquired this huge wealth out of known income through various illegal trades and illegal activities. It is alleged that he used to control 17 clubs in Motijheel and Fakirapul areas and used to take huge commissions from them. Many times he operated casino business in clubs.
He has bought several flats, and plots and built houses in different places of Dhaka including Gulshan, Dhanmondi, and Uttara with the money earned illegally. Investigators say he has anonymous assets worth over TK 1,000 crore in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, and the United States.
After investigating the case, on November 26, 2020, the ACC Deputy Director filed a charge sheet against Samrat. Jahangir Alam. The case was then sent to Special Judge Court No. 6 for a hearing on March 22.
Ismail Chowdhury Samrat went into hiding on September 18, 2019, when it came to light that an illegal casino was operating in Club Para of Motijheel in Dhaka.
On 7 October, the RAB arrested Samrat and his ally Enamul Haque Arman from Chauddagram in Comilla. The emperor was accompanied by a raid on his office at the Bhuiyan Trade Center in Kakrail that afternoon.
At the end of the five-hour operation, the RAB reportedly found a foreign pistol with ammunition, 1,160 yaba, 19 bottles of foreign liquor, two kangaroo skins, and electrical equipment for “torture”.
The mobile court immediately sentenced the emperor to six months in prison under the Wildlife (Conservation) Act for finding kangaroo skin. Besides, two cases were registered in Dhaka’s Ramna police station under the Narcotics Control and Arms Act.
On November 6 of that year, the police filed a charge sheet against the emperor in the arms case at Ramna police station. Then on November 12, the ACC filed a case against him for acquiring illegal assets.
The money laundering case was filed on September 12, 2020. On December 9, RAB filed a charge sheet against the emperor and his associate Arman in a drug case.