Arrest order against Haji Selim

February 8, 2012

 The Daily Star Feb 8 2012 Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim and 20 others in connection with a case filed for assaulting police and preventing them from discharging their duties in 2004.Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury passed the order, as Selim and the others were absent from the court on eight hearing dates including yesterday since January 3 last year.The court in the order also said that although the accused got anticipatory bail from the High Court, they did not get any bail from the trial court and did not appear before it despite being summoned repeatedly. So their bail was cancelled and arrest warrants were issued against them, the court added. The court fixed February 26 for hearing on charge framing against Selim and the others.According to the prosecution, a group of AL leaders and activists clashed with police during a procession in the city’s Chakbazar area on March 23 in 2004.The demonstrators pelted brickbats at police and prevented them from discharging their duties.Following the incident, Sub-Inspector KhorshedAlam filed a case against Selim and the others with Lalbagh Police Station.The four-party alliance government filed over 137 criminal cases against Selim but the present government withdrew over 80 cases considering those ‘politically motivated’, said Selim’s counsel PranNath.

Haji Selim built multi-storey Gulshan Ara City Market in his wife’s name occupying a part of Tibet Hostel at Wiseghat. Source:  Jan 9 2009


It is to be noted that Haji Selim is managing director of Messer’s Medina Trading Corporation (MTC). MTC is the long term lessee of Moulvi Abdullah Welfare Trust’s wo major multistory commercial property. The first one is “Gulshan Ara City” at 5 & 6 Ahsanullah Road and the other one is “Abdullah Market” located at 5 Wiseghat Road. In later part of 2010 MTC was granted improvement rights to these properties trough special Annual General Meeting of the beneficiaries. As per 2009 audited income statement annual rental income from the properties mentioned above is approximately 1.5 lakh taka.

                                                                                                 Picture: Gulsgan Ara City, (white building on the right)


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