A Sylhet court on Thursday sentenced industrialist Ragib Ali to 14 years and his son, daughter and two others to 16 years imprisonment in a case filed for grabbing the endowment property of Tarapur Tea Estate through forgery.
The other convicts are—Ragib’s son Abdul Hye, daughter Rozina Qaudir, son-in-law Abdul Qaudir and a relative Dewan Moshtaque Majid. Among them, His daughter and son-in-law are still absconding, reports UNB.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saifuzzaman Hiru passed the order in the presence of Ragib and his son, said Additional Public Prosecutor Mahfuzur Rahman.
The court sentenced the four to 16 years jail each under four sections.
Besides, the court acquitted Sebayet Pankaj Kumar Gupto.
Earlier on February 2, the court sentenced Ragib Ali and his son to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment in another case.
On 25 August, 1999, the then parliamentary watchdog on land affairs found that the Tarapur Tea Estate grabbed a vast area of an endowment property and set up several establishments on the land illegally.
Later, the subcommittee of the parliamentary watchdog recommended taking legal action against the illegal occupants.SM Abdul Hye, the land commissioner of Sylhet Sadar, filed two cases against six people, including Ragib Ali, with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station on 27 September, 2005.
One of the cases was filed for grabbing endowment property of Tarapur Tea Estate after fabricating document of the Ministry of Land against Ragib and his son Hye and another for misappropriating Tk 1,000 crore of the government.
The other accused are Pankaj Kumar Gupta, current caretaker of Tarapur Tea Estate, Ragib's son, son-in-law, daughter and Dewan Moshtaque Majid.
On 19 January last, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court asked the authorities concerned to reclaim Tarapur Tea Estate. The SC also ordered reinvestigation into the cases although police submitted a final report disposing of the case.
Following the SC order, Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate court ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the cases again. On 10 July, the PBI submitted a report accusing Ragib Ali and his son Hye.
Ragib Ali and his family members fled to India hours after the arrest warrants were issued against them after police submitted the chargesheets in the two cases to Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court on 10 July last.
On 10 August last, a court here issued warrants for the arrest of six people in the two cases.
Indian immigration police arrested him from Karimganj district of Assam for illegal stay on 24 November last and a court sent him to jail while Abdu Hye was arrested from Jakiganj on 12 November.