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HC cancels Samrat’s bail, orders to surrender

The High Court on Wednesday cancelled the bail of expelled Juba League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat in a graft case, granted by the lower court.

The court, at the same time, ordered the former Juba League leader to surrender  before the lower court within seven days.

An HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukdar and Justice Kazi Md Ijharul Haque Akand passed the order after hearing on a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The ACC on May 16 appealed to the High Court to cancel the bail of Samrat that was granted by a Dhaka court on May 11 in a graft case.

Samrat has also secured bail in three other cases.

On October 6 in 2019, RAB detained Samrat and his associate Enamul Haque Arman from Chauddagram in Cumilla.

RAB raided his Kakrail office later that day. Huge quantities of foreign liquor, pistols, and two hides of kangaroo were seized from his office.

He was later sentenced by a mobile court to six months in prison under the Wildlife Conservation Act.

On October 7, Abdul Khaleque, deputy assistant director of RAB-1 lodged two complaints against Samrat at Ramna Police Station under the Arms and the Narcotics Act. Arman was also made an accused in the narcotics case.

On November 4, Shekhar Chandra Mallik, a sub-inspector, submitted a chargesheet against Samrat in the Arms Act case.

On November 12, ACC lodged a complaint against him for acquiring assets worth Tk 2.94 crore beyond his known sources of income.

On September 12, 2020, Rashedur Rahman, sub-inspector of CID, registered a case against him with the Ramna police station for laundering Tk 195 crore to Malaysia and Singapore.