Wednesday, 5 October, 2022

Samrat's bail extended till October 20

A Dhaka court today extended bail of former Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat until October 20 in a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the charge of acquiring wealth beyond known income.

Judge Asad Md Asifuzzaman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-6 passed the order today. The court also fixed October 20 as the date for next hearing.

The expelled Jubo League leader was present before the court today. The defence pleaded for his permanent bail, while ACC opposed the plea. After hearing both the parties, the court passed the order.

Samrat was produced before the court from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on August 22.

After holding hearing on the plea for bail filed by the defence, the court allowed it on Taka 10,000 bond. The court also set September 19 for holding hearing on charge framing in the case.

From March 31 to May 11 this year, Samrat was granted bail by the lower court in a total of four cases on health ground.

On May 18, the ACC filed an application in the High Court seeking cancellation of bail in a case filed against him for acquiring assets other than known income, saying that Samrat could not secure a bail because of the gravity of his offence.

The High Court cancelled his bail and ordered him to surrender to the lower court within the next seven days.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Samrat from a village in Cumilla's Chauddagram upazila on October 6, 2019.

A mobile court sentenced Samrat to six months of jail term for possessing wildlife hides. A case was filed against him under the Arms and Drugs Act for possession of arms and drugs. Later, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed a case against him under the Money Laundering Act and the ACC filed a case alleging illegal acquisition of assets.