Dhaka – The authorities on Wednesday launched a drive to evict senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Moudud Ahmed from his home in Dhaka after the apex court found his home ownership was illegal, officials said.
Contingents of police were deployed in front the home in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic area as the workers from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha began the eviction drive.
Officer Mustaque Ahmed said the drive was conducted in line with court order.
Moudud Ahmed, also a former law minister of the previous BNP-led coalition government of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, termed the drive unlawful.
He lost the legal battle over the home as the Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed three petitions filed by the defendant seeking review of its verdict that scrapped High Court judgment ordering the authorities for mutation of the Gulshan home, where Moudud has been living for more than 30 years.
The former minister was charged with forgery and grabbing of the abandoned land by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on December 17, 2013.
A case was file with Gulshan Police Station against Moudud and his brother Monzur Ahmed for grabbing the abandoned public property worth about Tk 300 crore.
Moudud and his brother grabbed the land of around 1.13 Bighas at Gulshan Avenue between 1978 and 2006.
The home was actually belonged to a Pakistani national Md Ehsan who had received the rights to the house from the then Dacca Improvement Trust in 1960.
Ehsan along with his Austrian wife Inje Mariah, who was added as another owner of the house in 1965, left Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971 and the government listed the property in 1972 as abandoned since they did not returned.
Moudud and his brother in their dockets showed that they signed an agreement to buy the house in August 10 of 1985. But the owner Inje Mariah died on March 30 of the year.
As the deed was not implemented, they filed a case which was quashed in 1993.
Moudud’s brother moved the matter to the High Court in 2001 and the court in its order in 2005 asked for mutation. In 2010, the High Court accepted a petition to mutate the property under Manjur Ahmed’s name.
But, Rajuk challenged the High Court order which was rejected at the Appellate Division. The Supreme Court upheld the appeal court’s decision.