Casino kingpins siphon off Tk 1,169cr: CID
Published : Sunday, 17 October, 2021 at 9:45 PM Count : 370
Sixteen casino kingpins, including Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, and Enamul Huque Arman, have siphoned off about Tk 1,169.30 crore out of the country, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has informed the High Court in a report.
Md Humayun Kabir, Special Superintendent of Police with the Financial Crime Unit of CID, submitted the report to the High Court on Sunday. The report said the money laundered was linked to eight cases filed in 2019 and 2020.
CID officials said the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of the central bank is trying to bring back the money siphoned off the country. The BFIU has so far retrieved nearly $34 million, it said.
Regarding the CID report, Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik said, "The High Court ordered the CID to file the report which will be presented before the HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder on October 21."
The court will give further directives after hearing the matter, he said.
According to the CID report, Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat and Enamul Huque Arman shiphoned off over Tk 232.38 crore to Singapore, while another former Jubo League leader, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, siphoned over Tk 8.84 crore to Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Another Tk 81 lakh was laundered to Singapore by Rajib Hossain Rana and Jamal Bhatara, and Tk 83 lakh by Shariful Islam and Awlad.
Former councillor Mominul Hoque Sayeed of Ward-9 under the Dhaka South City Corporation, has laundered over Tk 29.998 crore to Singapore and Malaysia, Shahjahan Bablu laundered Tk 21 crore to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), two unknown individuals laundered Tk 858.50 crore to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, of all of which, nearly $34 million has been retrieved. Five other individuals of Chattogram have laundered over Tk 40.85 crore to the UAE.
Following a writ petition, the High Court on February 27 wanted to know the names of Bangladesh nationals who have money deposited in foreign banks including banks in Switzerland. The court also wanted to know what steps have been taken to bring back that money.
Regarding names that have surfaced in the Panama and Paradise Papers, the court issued a ruling asking why it will not order a probe against them. It was further asked by the court why the inaction of the concerned should not be declared illegal.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim issued the order on Sunday after hearing the petition.
Fifteen respondents including the finance secretary, PMO secretary, commerce secretary, foreign secretary, home secretary, law secretary, ACC, and the Bangladesh Bank governor were asked to respond to the rulings.
● Samrat, 6 others involved in money laundering: CID