Samrat siphoned off Tk 220cr

Expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, a “kingpin” of illegal casino business in the capital, siphoned off around Tk 220 crore and channelled it to casinos in Singapore and Malaysia between 2011 and 2018.

In a probe into Samrat’s ill-gotten wealth, the Anti-Corruption Commission found that he channelled Tk 219 crore to two casinos in Singapore and Tk 48.58 lakh to a casino in Malaysia.

He also “cashed out Tk 121.8 crore” from the casinos, according to the probe report.

On November 12, the ACC filed a case against Samrat for amassing illegal wealth of Tk 2.94 crore. Jahangir Alam, investigation officer of the ACC, was tasked with carrying out the probe.

“We’ve found that he laundered the money [around Tk 220 crore] abroad,” Jahangir told this newspaper yesterday, adding that he submitted the probe report to the ACC.

The commission approved the report and will soon submit to court the charge sheet, incorporating the findings in it.

Earlier on September 13, the Criminal Investigation Department filed a case against Samrat and his close accomplice Enamul Haque Arman for siphoning off Tk 195 crore.

In its investigation, the CID found that between 2011 and 2019, Samrat visited Singapore 35 times, Malaysia thrice, Dubai twice and Hong Kong once.

In those eight years, Samrat’s associate Arman visited Singapore 23 times, according to the case statement.

Rapid Action Battalion arrested Samrat, the then president of Dhaka South unit Jubo League, and Arman, ex-vice president of the unit, from Cumilla, raiding a house near the Indian border on October 6 last year.

Samrat came under the spotlight after Rab busted his illegal casino business at different sporting clubs in the capital. He was expelled from Jubo League following his arrest.


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