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Property of casino Sahedul going to be confiscated

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  • 8th October, 2021 12:07:03 PM
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Property of casino Sahedul going to be confiscated

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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken a move to seize tangible and intangible properties of Shahedul Haque, absconding accused in casino case.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) asked all banks to freeze his bank accounts.

Shahedul Haque is currently absconding in the United States. He is spreading propaganda against the country and government. He is a supporter of controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

He first fled to Middle East with the help of fellow supporters of Naik's Peace TV and Peace School in Bangladesh and some Middle East countries.

He uses two addresses, one in Kakrail Road in Shantinagar and the other in Cantonment area.

Father’s name of Shahedul Haque is Morshedul Haque and his wife’s name is Tamanna Haque.

The central bank has also ordered for freezing bank accounts of his uncle Aziz Mohammad Bhai.

ACC’s Dhaka integrated regional office -1 filed a case against Shahedul on December 19, 2019. Mamunur Rashid, assistant commissioner of the anti-graft watchdog, was complainant of the case.

Shahed was accused of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 13, 65, 40,000 crore in the case.

Following an anti-casino drive of the government in 2019, Shahed withdrew Tk 14 crore from his bank account and fled to the USA.    

On January 23, a Dhaka court ordered the authorities concerned to confiscate all of his moveable and immovable properties.

The investigation officer submitted charge-sheet against him on January 31.

In the charge-sheet, IO Mamunur Rashid showed properties to the tune of Tk 32, 61,61, 334 amassed by Shahed beyond his known sources of income.  

Various properties including 14-storey building named Khulna Trade Square in Kakrail of the capital are belonging to Shahed.

The investigators found massive anomalies in his tax return file detecting wealth worth Tk 11, 67, 69, 289. Shahed was director of a private bank and he had contact with other casino perpetrators.

ACC submits charge-sheet against him for earning moveable property of Tk 20, 93,00,000 and immoveable asset of Tk 11, 67, 00,000 illegally.

In his tax return till 2017-18 FY, Shahed mentioned his investment of Tk 1.1 crore in a company but failed to show source of that money.

In tax return, he showed immoveable property worth Tk 62.40 lakh deposited in various banks but investigators found existence of Tk 4, 63, 99,000.

ACC claimed to have further traced tangible property of Tk 2, 62, 61,000.

Replying to a query, an official of the anti-graft watchdog said Shahedul Haque is absconding and seizure of his properties have been ordered.

The process of taking the properties of the accused casino godfather under the disposal of the ACC is in motion, he added.

A Dhaka court has already issued warrant for his arrest.  The trial will begin in absentia after publication of notice in various national dailies asking him to surrender before the trial court.

Sources at the law enforcing agencies said Shahedul Haque is spreading propaganda against the country and government. He not only maintains rapport with expatriate cyber criminals but also patronises them in the USA.