Judicial

Judgment in casino case against expelled AL politicians deferred

A Dhaka court on Wednesday deferred the judgment in the illegal casino and money laundering case filed against 11 people, including expelled Awami League politicians Enamul Haque Enu and Rupon Bhuiyan, till April 25.

The final judgment in the case was scheduled to be pronounced by Dhaka Special Court-5 judge Iqbal Hossain on Wednesday. As the judge is on leave, the judgment has been deferred, said Saiful Islam, a court official.

Special public prosecutor Shawkat Alam said that acting judge Monir Kamal fixed April 25 as the new date for announcing the judgment.

On March 16, the Dhaka court fixed April 6 for delivering its judgment in the case after both prosecution and defence wrapped up their arguments.

The other accused in the case are Shahidul Haque Bhuiyan, Rashidul Haque Bhuiyan, Merajul Haque Bhuiyan, Joy Gopal Sarkar, Tuhin Munshi, Nabir Hossain Sikder, Saiful Islam, Abul Kalam Azad and Pavel Rahman.

Shahidul, Rashidul, Merajul and Pavel are on the run, while the others are currently in judicial custody.

The criminal investigation department submitted the chargesheet in the case on July 22, 2020.

On January 13, 2020, Enamul and Rupon were arrested, along with their associates, from a house in the Subadda area of Keraniganj. Some 12 mobile phones and Tk 40 lakh in cash were seized from their possession.

Enamul, the director of Dhaka Wanderers Club, was also the vice-president of the Awami League’s Gendaria unit, while his brother Rupom was the joint general secretary.

Both the AL leaders were involved in the casino business at Wanderer’s Club, according to Rab.

On September 18 last year, a Rab-3 team conducted a drive in the casino inside Dhaka Wanderer’s Club where illegal drugs, fake currency notes, money and gambling materials were seized.

Four money-laundering cases were subsequently filed against them.

Source: United News of Bangladesh