Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem’s son Showkat Aziz Russell and former RAJUK chairman Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury have landed in jail as the court denied bail to them in graft charges brought by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports bdnews24.com
They were produced in the court and where counsels pleaded for bail while the ACC sought a seven-day remand to interrogate Russell.
The court turned down the bail petitions as well as the remand plea, but said investigators will be able to question Russell at the prison gate for two days in the next five working days.
On Wednesday, the ACC filed the case against eight persons with the Motijheel Police Station in Dhaka.
The six others are Russell’s brother Ashfaq Aziz Rubel and former RAJUK members SD Foyez, AKM Waheedul Islam, FM Jafrullah, HM Jahirul Haque and Rezaul Karim Tarafdar.
According to the case documents, the suspects conspired to allot 16.5 decimal land plots each to Partex Group chairman’s sons Russell and Rubel against the public interest.
Russell is the chairman and managing director of Amber Group, which was formed after splitting Partex’s businesses. He also sits on the board of United Commercial Bank and is a director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
His brother Rubel is in charge of several business organisations of the Partex Group. He sits on the board of City Bank.
A former housing and public works secretary, Chowdhury served as the chairman of RAJUK between 2001 and 2004, ACC Deputy Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told bdnews24.com.
He had been behind bars during the military-backed caretaker regime in a graft case over selling 18 government-owned buildings below market price.