Rejecting the interim bail plea of Chairman of Sirajganj Sadar Upazila Parishad Riaz Uddin, who is an associate of Golden Monir, in a money laundering case, the High Court has asked him to surrender before trial court within six weeks.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice SM Mojibur Rahman issued the order on Tuesday (November 2) following the bail petition filed by Riaz Uddin.
Supreme Court lawyer Barrister AM Mahbub Uddin Khokon appeared in the court for the petition, while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik and Assistant Attorney General Anna Khanam Kali represented the state.
Amin Uddin Manik said that they raised the issues of party post and educational qualifications of the Upazila Parishad chairman during the hearing. The court then ordered him to surrender before the trial court within six weeks. The court, however, rejected his bail plea.
According to the case statement, Riaz Uddin was working as a 4th class peon of Sonali Bank till 1996. He got involved in illegal gold smuggling business with gold trader Monir Hossain, known as Golden Monir who owns over 200 plots of land in several areas of Dhaka through a forgery of documents in collusion with corrupt officials of RAJUK.
After getting involved, Riaz Uddin quit the job from Sonali Bank’s airport branch. Monir Hossain, Haider Ali and Shafiqul with the help of each other earned a lot in Uttara of Dhaka with the other accused by earning income from organized gold smuggling. There are two more cases against him for smuggling gold.
In this incident of gold smuggling and money laundering, CID Inspector Ibrahim Hossain Hossain filed a case against 10 people including Golden Monir’s wife and son and Riaz Uddin with Badda Police Station on May 11.