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Mortgaging govt land for bank loan

HC orders probe

Published : 25 Apr 2022 09:49 PM | Updated : 26 Apr 2022 02:26 PM

High Court (HC) on Monday directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate the incident of taking a loan of  Taka 15 crore from a private bank by mortgaging government land under Azampur  section of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Uttara.

The court directed the ACC to submit a report by June 26. A High Court division bench comprising of Justice Md Nazrul Islam and Justice  Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order Monday and issued a rule in this  regard.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik, also the state representative  of the petition, confirmed the court order to BSS.

Lawyers Anik R Haque and Md Tamjeed Hasan were in favour of the writ petition. A report titled as "Looting Taka 15 crore by showing mortgage of government  highway" was published in a newspaper on April 16. Following the report, a  writ petition was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Obaid Ahmed in the High Court  on Sunday seeking an inquiry into the matter.

According to the news report, a notorious fraudster named Mohammad Golam  Farooq had taken a loan of Taka 15 crore from a private bank by mortgaging  government land on the highway. He managed some dishonest officials of the  bank to take out the loan. 

After the fraudulence was detected, Farooq amended the document by changing  the dag number of the previously mortgaged land and submitted it to the bank. 

When the bank tried to put up a sign board in the land of the amended dag  number, it was known that the land belongs to someone named Jamir Ali. Ali  was attacked multiple times by Farooq's men for the possession of the land.

The lawyer for the writ petition said that even after the report was published in the media, the concerned agencies did not take any action. 

Farooq was held by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) with his accomplice Firoze al-Mamun on April 14. However, RAB sources said that Farooq was held over an attempted murder case.

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