Samrat secures bail in all cases, no bar to release...

Samrat secures bail in all cases, no bar to release

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:36 AM, 11 May 2022   Updated: 03:23 PM, 11 May 2022

Ismail Chowdhury Samrat; File Photo

Ismail Chowdhury Samrat; File Photo

A Dhaka court today has granted bail to Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, also known as Casino Samrat, in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on charges of illegal acquisition of assets. With this, there is “no bar to his release” as the court had granted bail in three more cases against Samrat, his lawyer said. 

Judge Al Asad Md. Asifuzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 granted bail after the hearing on Wednesday.

Earlier, on April 10, Dhaka’s first Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Faisal Atiq bin Quader granted bail to Samrat in the arms case and Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Tofazzal Hossain granted bail in the money laundering case. 

The next day, on April 11, Dhaka’s 7th Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Tehseen Iftekhar granted him bail in a case filed under the Narcotics Control Act on a bond of Tk 10,000 with Ramna Police Station.

According to the allegations in the ACC case, Ismail Chowdhury Samrat was accused of acquiring assets worth Tk 2,94,80,087. ACC Deputy Director Md. Jahangir Alam filed a case against him on November 12, 2019. On November 26, 2020, the investigating officer of the case, Jahangir Alam, filed a chargesheet in court.

On the morning of October 6, 2019, RAB arrested Samrat and his aide Enamul Haque Arman from Chauddagram in Cumilla. A raid was later conducted at Samrat’s Kakrail office. At the time, large quantities of foreign liquor, pistols and rare species of wildlife skins were recovered. 

A mobile court sentenced Samrat to six months in prison for possessing wildlife skins. The next day, on October 8, RAB-1’s DAD Abdul Khaleq filed a case with the Ramna Police Station under the Narcotics and Arms Act.

Following the investigation, on November 8, 2020, Shekhar Chandra Mallick, Sub-Inspector of RAB-1, filed the chargesheet in the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.

Besides, on December 9 of the same year, SI Abdul Halim of RAB-1 filed a chargesheet against Samrat in a drug case. On October 12 of that year, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police filed a case against Samrat under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.