‘I’m victim, I’m innocent’
Published: 06:02 PM, 21 September 2020 Updated: 06:03 PM, 21 September 2020
Health Department driver Abdul Malek alias Badal has pleaded not guilty. "I have been implicated in the case," he said. They made me a victim for not paying money to two journalists. I am a victim of a conspiracy. I am completely innocent.
He said this on the way to the jail after the remand hearing on Monday.
Police produced him in the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on the same day. At that time, the police applied for a 14-day remand for seven days in two separate cases filed by Turag police station for recovering illegal weapons and counterfeit money.
On the other hand, his lawyer GM Mizanur Rahman applied for bail seeking cancellation of remand.
After hearing both sides, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahidul Islam denied bail and granted a 14-day remand.
RAB arrested driver Abdul Malek alias Driver Malek from Turag in the capital yesterday morning on charges of being involved in various terrorist activities including illegal arms, counterfeit note trade and extortion.
A foreign pistol, a magazine, five rounds of ammunition, 1.5 lakh Bangladeshi counterfeit notes, a laptop and a mobile phone were recovered from him.
In Turag, driver Abdul Malek owns two luxury seven-storey houses with 24 flats. And a plot in the same area. Besides, the construction work of a 10-storey building is underway at Hatirpule. The allegation against him was that he was interfering in the affairs of the doctors by holding the administration of the Department of Health hostage. He also had a hand in the transfer and promotion of doctors. He has collected a huge amount of money anonymously in the name of lobbying for appointment, transfer, and promotion. Thanks to which, in a few days, this Malek driver has become the owner of more than Tk 1000 crore.