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‘Casino kingpin’ Samrat’s bail extended till January 15

A Dhaka court has extended bail of expelled Juba League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat till January 15, 2024 in money laundering case.

Judge Monjurul Imam of Special Judge’s Court-6 passed the order on Monday after Samrat’s lawyer Afroza Shahanaj Parvin Hira submitted two separate applications.

The applications — one for extension of his bail and another for the adjournment of the charge framing hearing.
The judge also granted the petition submitted for adjournment of hearing on charge framing in the case. Samrat was present at the court during the hearing.

The judge, however, did not pass any order on the application submitted for lifting the travel ban imposed upon Samrat earlier.

On August 22, 2022, the same court granted ad-interim bail to Samrat considering his health. In the order, the judge said Samrat would have to submit his passport to the court while furnishing his bail bond.

Samrat walked out of jail following the bail order. He had been taking treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) since then.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Samrat along with his associate and also former Jubo League leader Enamul Haque Arman from a village in Comilla’s Chauddagram upazila on October 6, 2019.

On November 12 in the same year, ACC Deputy Director Md Jahangir Alam filed a case against him for amassing wealth worth around Tk 3 crore beyond his known income sources.

On November 26 of 2020, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted the charge sheet accusing him for rallying wealth worth over Tk222.88 crore beyond his known income sources.