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Ragib Ali arrested in India, sent back

  • Published at 06:45 pm November 24th, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:23 pm November 24th, 2016
Ragib Ali arrested in India, sent back

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Ummay Saraban Tahura passed the order after hearing the bail petitions.

He was arrested in Assam on Wednesday night as his visa expired and handed over to the Bangladesh authorities around 2:45pm yesterday through Shutarkandi border, Beanibazar OC Chondon Kumar Chakrabarty confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.

He fled to India along with his family members through Jakiganj border on August 10, hours after a court ordered his arrest in two fraud cases.

His son Abdul Hye, also an accused in the cases, returned from India on November 12. He was sent to jail upon surrender.

Ragib Ali is the vice-chairman of South East Bank, chairman of the trustee board of Leading University and former chairman of North South University trustee board. He founded Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Jalalabad in Sylhet and many other organisations including local newspaper Dainik Sylheter Dak.

The cases were filed against Ragib Ali, his son and four others for grabbing the land of an endowment property of Tarapur Tea Estate through forgery and setting structures flouting rules.

The irregularities were first detected by a parliamentary standing committee in 1999 which recommended that the authorities take legal action against the grabbers. Based on the suggestions, then the land commissioner of Sylhet filed two cases with Kotwali police on September 27, 2005. But the proceedings remained stalled for 11 years.

In its final verdict, the Appellate Division on January 19 this year ordered the government to recover the land of the tea garden and revive the cases. In April, Police Bureau of Investigation started reinvestigation and filed charge sheet on July 10.

Other accused in one of the two cases are current caretaker of the tea garden Pankaj Kumar Gupta, Ragib’s relative Mostak Majid, daughter Rozina Qadir and son-in-law Abdul Qadir. Pankaj is now on bail and Majid in jail. The two others have remained absconding.