A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Monday sentenced Irfan Salim, son of lawmaker Haji Md Salim, and his bodyguard Zahidul Islam to at least one year each in jail for possessing illegal walkie-talkies and drinking liquor.
RAB members along side executive magistrate Sarwar Alam raided the nine-storey building of Haji Salim at around noon.
Briefing reporters within the evening, Lt Col Ashique Billah said Irfan and his bodyguard Zahid were handed six months jail each for drinking liquor and another six months for the criminal possession of walkie-talkies, reports UNB.
Two separate cases are going to be filed at the local police headquarters — one under the Arms Act and another under Narcotics Control Act — against the duo, he said.
Two firearms, 38 walkie-talkies and foreign liquor were recovered from the house during the drive, he added.
A RAB official said Irfan has been living on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. A pair of handcuffs was also recovered during the raid.
Haji Selim, Saifur’s son sent to jail
Former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and former minister of finance M Saifur Rahman’s younger son Shafiur Rahman Babu were sent to jail after they surrendered before two Dhaka courts yesterday in reference to graft cases.
The two were earlier convicted for 13 years’ imprisonment each in absentia within the cases filed against them for amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth statements submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Judge Sirajul Islam of the Special Judge’s Court-7 passed the order rejecting Selim’s bail petition after he appeared before it and sought bail within the case. The court also directed the jail authorities to supply him with first-class division in jail.
Moving the petition, lawyers told the court that their client was earlier sentenced in absentia and later he (Selim) had appeared before the supreme court (HC) seeking bail. The HC asked their client to surrender to the court . So, their client appeared before it and sought bail.
On April 27 last year, Selim was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for amassing wealth worth Tk 14.65 crore illegally and concealing wealth information of Tk 8.70 crore submitted to the ACC.
Selim was also fined Tk 10 lakh, in default, to suffer one year more in jail. His wife Gulshan Ara Begum was also sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment for abetting his husband in acquiring illegal wealth.
The judge also ordered confiscation of all his ill-gotten assets worth Tk 27 crore.
ACC Assistant Director Mahabubul Alam filed the case with Lalbagh police headquarters against Selim and his wife on September 24, 2007.
Meanwhile, an outsized number of Selim’s supporters gathered outside the courthouse and chanted slogans demanding withdrawal of the case filed against Haji Selim.
CASE AGAINST BABU
Judge Jesmin of the Special Judge’s Court-4 ordered to send Saifur Rahman’s son Babu to jail when he appeared before it and sought bail within the case during which he was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment.
He was convicted for amassing Tk 13.85 crore through illegally and concealing information of wealth worth Tk 1.2 crore to ACC.
Babu was also fined Tk 15 lakh, in default, to suffer two and a half years’ more in jail. The court also ordered confiscation of all his ill-gotten assets.
ACC Deputy Director Sharmin Ferdousy filed the case against Babu with Ramna police headquarters on April 29 last year.