Casino business: The trial of former councilors Saeed, Arman and Lokman begins

The court has framed charges against nine people, including former Dhaka South City Corporation councilor AKM Mominul Haque Saeed, in a case of making money through casino business. Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam of the Dhaka Special Judge’s Court passed the order on Sunday. December 15 has been set as the date for taking evidence in the case. Assistant Public Prosecutor Mahbubul Hasan confirmed the information in the first light.

The other eight accused in the case are Mohammedan Sporting Club Acting Director Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, expelled Juba League leader Enamul Haque Arman, Enamul Haque Saeed’s associate Chalauddin, casino businessman Abul Kashem, Tanvir Ahmed, Asad Shah Chowdhury, Awlad Hossain and Jamal Uddin. Among them Lokman, Chalauddin, Awlad and Jamal are on bail. Enamul Haque Arman was produced in court from jail. Four other accused are absconding.

Sources close to the court said that the police had filed a case against former president of Mohammedan Club Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan on November 19, 2019, alleging that he had acquired wealth through illegal casino business. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed a chargesheet against nine people, including former councilor Mominul Haque Saeed, in the court on August 31 last year. According to the indictment, Mominul Haque Saeed, a former councilor and expelled Juba League leader, used to run the casino business at Mohammedan Club by abusing the power of the party. Saeed’s friend Abul Kashem rented the Mohammedan Sporting Club hallroom for five lakh rupees a day.

Saeed’s manager accused Salauddin used to take five lakh rupees for Mominul Haque Saeed from that club every day. According to the chargesheet, Mominul Haque Saeed earned Tk 12 crore by running a casino business at Mohammedan Sporting Club. The money was transferred to a bank of his interest organization Baishakhi Enterprise.

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