Dhaka – The self-declared leader of the ruling Awami League’s youth front GK Shamim has secured bail two of the three cases he was accused nearly five months ago following the anti-corruption drive by the Rapid Action Battalion of the police unit, according to his counsel.
His bail was granted by the High Court in early February apparently without the knowledge of the state lawyers. Shamim was granted bail for six months in a case under to the Narcotic Control Act and one year for the case under the Arms and Explosive Act.
The petition for another case related to money laundering will be moved this month, said his lawayer Shawkat Osman.
Shamim has been in jail since he was arrested pending trial in the cases he was accused.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told local media that he was not informed about the latest development. He said the prosecution must appeal against the High Court order that granted bail to Shamim.
He said his deputy did not informing him about the HC order in this connection.
Shamim, a contractor by profession enlisted with many government offices, was arrested at his office in Dhaka’s Gulsan area on September 20 last year for his alleged links with tender manipulation and extortion.
He claimed himself to be one of the leaders of the Jubo League, and used to maintain armed bodyguards while moving from one place to other in the city and his ancestral home in Narayanganj. His bodyguards were also arrested along with him and police subsequently confiscated all the arms.
The Rapid Action Battalion also seized a huge ammunition, fixed deposit receipts (FDR) worth 165 crore taka, cash worth about 1.8 crore taka, foreign currency and some liquor at his office.
Anti-Corruption Commission also filed a case against Shamim and his mother for amassing 297.08 crore taka beyond the known source of income.