The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the former Awami League leaders Enamul Haque Enu and his brother Rupon Bhuiyan should not be granted bail in a case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
A HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel issued the rule rejecting the bail petitions of Enamul and Rupon.
The authorities concerned have been asked to respond to the rule within two weeks.
Advocate Syed Mamun Mahbub stood for the two brothers while Advocate Khurshid Alam for ACC and deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.
On June 15, Senior Special Judge AKM Imrul Kayesh rejected the bail petition of the two brothers in the case. Later, they filed a petition before the High Court.
On February 25, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive recovered Tk 26.55 crore in cash, FDRs worth Tk 5.15 crore and different foreign currencies from a house belonging to Enamul and his brother Rupon in the city’s Wari area.
Earlier on January 13, Enamul and Rupon were arrested from a house in Subadda area of Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital along with 12 mobile phone sets and Tk 40 lakh in cash.
Later, the two siblings were put on a four-day remand each in two money-laundering cases.
They remained absconding since law enforcers raided their house at Gendaria in September last year and seized 8,072 grams of gold and Tk 5.5 crore in cash as part of the anti-casino drive, also known as the AL’s ‘cleansing’ campaign.
According to police, Enamul Haque has been the director of Dhaka Wanderers Club and vice-president of the Awami League's Gandaria unit, while his brother Rupom Bhuiyan was the joint general secretary for the same area.
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Both the AL leaders were involved in the casino business at Wanderer’s Club, according to Rab.
On September 18 last year, a Rab-3 team conducted a drive at a casino inside Dhaka Wanderer’s Club where illegal drugs, fake currency, huge money and gambling materials were seized.