No case found against Geeteara’s relatives
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agency

A Dhaka court has quashed the case against businessman and former lawmaker Nazim Kamran Choudhury, husband of former industries adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, and eight others on charges of forcible occupation of their landlords’ property. The court quashed the case on January 13 on the basis of the report of the investigation officer as the allegations were not proved.

The news agency obtained the details of the court order on Friday. One of the defendants Abu Rushd Tarek on Friday told the news agency, ‘An impartial investigation found no truth to the allegations made in the case.’ Tarek is Geeteara’s younger brother and a director of the advertising firm Adcomm. The other accused included top executives and employees of Signage, Megavision as well as Adcomm. Farhana Islam, wife of Mahbub Ul Islam, filed the case on November 14, 2007.

The complainant said tenant Nazim Kamran Choudhury and others had been occupying the Islam’s property at Road No 41, Gulshan-2, after the expiry of the five-year rental agreement. She also alleged that from 5:00pm to 5:30pm on Oct 22, the accused forcibly brought a generator onto the premises against the house owners’ objections. While doing so, she alleged, the accused also manhandled her and assaulted her with a sharp weapon.

The court directed the officer-in-charge of the Gulshan police station to investigate the case. Sub-inspector of the police station Md Sharif Uddin Bhuiyan submitted his investigation report on December 3 last year. The report said the people in the neighbourhood had witnessed the altercation over the generator. Two persons had been made witnesses in the case but neither of them showed up. The report said the complainant failed to prove the charges. Dr Mahbub ul Islam had rented the house for a five-year period to three firms owned by Geeteara Safiya and Nazim Kamran, a former BNP lawmaker elected in 1979.

Just days before the expiry of the rental deal, the landlords on June 27 last year issued a notice to the tenants to leave the house. But after a verbal agreement on renewal of the deal with Adcomm director Abu Rushd Tarek, the accused didn’t leave the property, the investigation report said. The other defendants in the case were Shamsunnahar Tarek, Mukim Choudhury, Shahadat Hossain Shahadat, Adit Bhagat, Ripon, Bipul and Yar Ali.

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