Bazlul Haque Harun, a member of parliament under Awami League of the Jhalokati-1 constituency, took Tk134 crore from his business partner through cheque forgery.
Jatiya Party central committee Senior Joint General Secretary Khalilur Rahman Khalil told the Dhaka Tribune about this allegation against the MP on May 17.
The senior joint general secretary said he had a business farm, Messrs Rumi Enterprise, in Shialkathi area under Bhandaria upazila. MP Harun was his partner.
The farm received an order to build 15,000 homes for Cyclone Sidr victims, funded by the Saudi government, after the disaster struck the south-west coast of Bangladesh on November 15, 2007.
“I had opened an account with Premier Bank, Bangshal branch in Dhaka in this regard when Harun was vice chairman of the bank,” he said.
Then Harun drew money from the account through 388 cheques by forging Khalil’s signature, he alleges.
When contacted, Khalil said he had informed the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and Bangladesh Bank authorities of the matter.
According to a previous report published in January, the court summoned Harun in the case of cheque fraud to appear before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka on June 5, after Khalil had filed a case against Harun on August 22, 2016 for embezzling Tk1 crore from him.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sayeed, taking cognizance of the case, issued this order.
In this regard, the plaintiff, Khalil, said: “The cases of three fraudulent cheques against the convict, Bazlul Haque Harun, have been filed. Each of them is an embezzlement case of Tk1 crore.”
He said: “I have taken bail from the court, though MP Bazlul Haque Harun filed a case of cheating and defamation against me in the same court.”
“SM Shawkat Hossain Miah is handling the case as my lawyer,” he added.
Bangla Tribune reported that the hearing of the case was supposed to be held on May 18, but Khalil could not reach the court and prayed time through his lawyer.
The court has fixed July 13 for the next hearing.
According to the documents of the prosecution, Harun took money as a loan from Khalil on different occasions for business purposes. To repay a part of this lent money, Harun gave a cheque of Tk1 crore. The cheque was dishonored when the plaintiff tried to withdraw the money from the Banani branch of Jamuna Bank in Dhaka.
When Khalil informed Harun about this matter, Harun did not take any steps to repay the money.