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Samrat gets bail

Published : 11 May 2022 09:22 PM | Updated : 12 May 2022 03:54 PM

Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, a former ruling party youth wing leader (Jubo League) who ran an illegal gambling business, has been released from jail custody after receiving bail in the cases against him.

Ismail, the expelled Dhaka City (South) Jubo League leader, was freed from jail at about 4:30pm after completing all procedures Wednesday while still remaining in hospital.

Samrat’s lawyer Ehsanul Haque Shomaji said that his client secured bail in four cases filed against him. He had spent an extended time in prison as part of his sentence issued by the mobile court. Now there is no legal bar to his release.

Judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 granted him bail on Wednesday. Dhaka Central Jail's jailor Md Mahabubul Islam also confirmed the matter.

Abdus Selim, the deputy jailer at the Dhaka Central Jail said, “Despite his release on bail, he remains at the hospital’s D-Block CCU for his treatment.”

He further said that Samrat is no longer in their custody. He is under the supervision of the hospital authority now.

However, family sources said that Samrat would not be able to return home though he was freed from jail. He will stay some more days at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital for the treatment is now receiving.

Earlier, the same court turned down his bail plea in the corruption case, filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), twice. First on April 28 and second on April 13.

Samrat secured bail in a drug case on April 11, in an Arms Act case and a money laundering case on April 10.

The Jubo League leader has been undergoing treatment at BSMMU Hospital since November 24 last year. The Dhaka Central Jail authorities have made all the arrangements for his release from the BSMMU. The bail order of Samrat was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail from the court. The jail authorities then sent the necessary documents to the BSMMUH authorities. He was later released from there.

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 charge sheet 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 at the Ramna police station for laundering Tk 195 crore to Malaysia and Singapore.

Lastly, on November 26 last year, the investigating officer in the case, Jahangir Alam, submitted a charge sheet in court.

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