Nazim Kamran Choudhury sued

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[Photos: Nazim Kamran Choudhury, Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Mahbubul Islam and Farhana Islam.]

[An E-Bangladesh report.]

Veteran politician and businessman, husband of industries adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Nazim Kamran Choudhury has been charged with allegations of physical assault and illegal occupation of a multi-storied building in Dhaka. Farhana Islam, a landlady, filed the criminal case Wednesday with a Dhaka court since police refused to register her complaint. Others accused in the case include close relatives of Geeteara: brother Abu Rushd Tarek, sister-in-law Shamsun Nahar Tarek, son-in-law Adit Bhagat, brother-in-law Mukim Choudhury.

Dhaka correspondent, E-Bangladesh: An E-Bangladesh correspondent in Dhaka has filed a report on the case. However, despite repeated attempts by our correspondent, we do not have any comment from the accused Nazim Kamran Choudhury. E-Bangladesh is trying to get a comment from industries adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury.

A landlady in Dhaka Wednesday lodged a criminal case against Nazim Kamran Choudhury, husband of industries adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, and eight others for physically assaulting her and her husband. Metropolitan magistrate Hemayet Uddin heard the case and asked OC, Gulshan police station to register the complaint as a FIR if the allegations are found credible upon investigation.

Farhana Islam, owner of a multi-storied building in Gulshan, alleged Nazim Kamran Choudhury rented her building in Gulshan-2 on condition that he would vacate it by September 30, 2007. The petitioner in a notice asked Nazim, who used the house for business, to vacate the building after the rental agreement expired. However, Nazim continued occupying the building, illegally, without paying rents and other utility bills. At one stage, DESA (Dhaka Electric Supply Authority) disconnected the electric connection to the building acting on a complaint by the landlady.

“Nazim and his cohorts tried to install a generator in my house without my permission, I protested his attempt. On October 23, Nazim and his men physically attacked me and my husband, Mahbubul Islam, with iron rods and Nazim himself tore my sari,

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14 Responses to “Nazim Kamran Choudhury sued”

  1. IAR

    Call me a skeptic, but something about this case does not seem right. Both Geeteara Safiya Choudhury and Nazim Kamran Choudhury enjoy a high level of respect as conscientious citizens in our society (in my previous workplace, I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Choudhury and found her to be a very down-to-earth and respectable person). I am not going to believe this case until we get concrete evidence other than a photograph with bandages.

    However, I believe there are a few important points to consider:

    1. Even if we take Mr. Mahbubul Islam’s allegations as true (for argument’s sake), it is important to note that the police did not intervene. This is an important turnaround from the time when the police forces were utilized as the personal mercenaries of vested interest groups and politicians during both BNP-AL reign. Do you think the police would remain silent in an altercation involving a powerful minister’s spouse during the last 15 years? This proves that the reformist caretaker government is not abusing power for their personal interests, which was more a norm than exception in the preceding years.

    2. The court had accepted the case without any hindrance or obstruction. This is also an important change from the time when courts used to refuse cases involving influential ministers of their family members during the BNP-AL regimes. The court enjoys total freedom under the current reformist caretaker government, particularly after the November 1 independence of judiciary.

    Though the merits and demerits of the case is subjudice, I think this brings to the fore the important issue of tenant rights. In developed countries, tenants enjoy an elaborate set of rights under specific law and acts. The government should also take the initiative to enact specific laws protecting tenants from the whims of the landlords.

    Lastly, the timing of the case is suspicious. Why did the good professor need to wait about a week to come public with his “broken leg” in front of the media? Given it is the Information Age (and there are more than enough elements in the media, particularly internet to pounce upon the reformist caretaker government), Mr. Islam could have come public earlier. If the Dhaka newspapers are accused of bias, at least E-Bangladesh would have given coverage, wouldn’t it? As for the case too, why the delay. We need to ask the important question whether this case is designed to undermine the reform initiatives taken by the current reformist government. Let’s see how this case proceeds.

    I must also add that E-Bangladesh deserves credit for trying to put both sides of the story, we hope to hear from Nazim Kamran Choudhury on this issue.

  2. Dushto

    This will be a test of military backed Fakruddin’s true intentions. Does he try to save his relatives or do what he preaches?

  3. Tokai

    Geeteara in more trouble.

    CS Karim says sorry over Geeteara’s fertiliser comments

    Dhaka, Nov 15 (bdnews24.com) — Agriculture adviser CS Karim Thursday said he was sorry over industry adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury’s comments on the fertiliser crisis. Geeteara Tuesday termed the crisis a ‘myth’ created by the media and the farmers unwilling to queue up.

    Addressing a press briefing at the secretariat, CS Karim said the government in an effort to curb the problems in fertiliser distribution had decided to appoint three block traders along with the existing single dealer in each union.

    Meanwhile, the government had asked law enforcers and intelligence agencies to intensify border vigilance against smuggling of fertiliser, he noted.

    The adviser said that they were sorry about the comments because the farmers were “national heroes”.

    Replying to a query, he said the government was trying to set up two new fertiliser factories to meet the local demand.

    “We are asking for help in this regard from friendly nations. The factories will be set up as soon as we get promises from them. Then we will figure out how much we can export instead of calculating imports,” Karim said.

    The adviser told the press briefing that there was no shortage of fertiliser in the country, but that there were problems in the distribution process.

    “The government has decided to appoint a sales representative in all the three blocks of each union. That would bring to 14,400 the number of dealers along with the existing 4,800. Farmers can collect fertiliser from those representatives. However, the block traders will add transportation costs to the fixed cost. The price will be fixed by the District Fertiliser and Seed Management Committee,” he added.

    The adviser said that the government was determined to supply fertiliser to farmers at a reduced price. “That’s why the government subsidises Tk 2.40 per kg for locally produced fertiliser and Tk 25.70 per kg for the imported ones. Everyone has to be aware so that the government subsidies go to the farmers, and not to the intermediaries”, he added.

    Karim said that the government had to subsidise Tk 3,606 crore for fertiliser as the price had gone up on the international market. “Tk 3,120 crore would be for urea fertiliser alone,” he said.

    The adviser also painted a picture of the seed supply situation and fertiliser production for the coming Boro crop season at the press briefing.

    He said: “The demand for seed in the coming Boro season is estimated at 98,500 tonnes for 43,75,000 hectares of farmland.”

  4. Fugstar

    “Then we will figure out how much we can export instead of calculating imports,” Karim said.

    You’ve got to give this chap credit, he’s traveled within the country probably more than any of the ten and I think he’s the smartest. In any other circumstances such a talent would never be in the government. He is the silver lining.

  5. Pratap

    IAR: You say: “Do you think the police would remain silent in an altercation involving a powerful minister’s spouse during the last 15 years? This proves that the reformist caretaker government is not abusing power for their personal interests, which was more a norm than exception in the preceding years… The court had accepted the case without any hindrance or obstruction. This is also an important change from the time when courts used to refuse cases involving influential ministers of their family members during the BNP-AL regimes.”

    In fact, thanks to media surveillance, these sort of land grabbing crimes by the powerful quarters have always faced government crackdown. Do you recall how Abul Hasnat Abdullah’s son’s faced the wrath of law enforcement agencies? Or how BNP ex-chief Whip Delwar Hossain’s son Paban was arrested for much much smaller land grabbing allegation? He was in jail awaiting trial for nearly six months. When Delwar Hossain was BNP standing committee member, his son’s bail plea was rejected at least six times. So don’t tell that this government is better than AL-BNP government. If this government was as good as the previous governments, they would not try to gag the previous press conference by the Islams and they would have arrested Nazim kamran, his son-in-law Adit Bhagat, brother in law Tareq and all others involved in this crime.

    It was previously mentioned that the reason behind media balck-out of Dr. and Farhana Islam’s press conference was the fact that media knew Islams were fake and hence they did not bother attending the press conference. However today the report on this case have been published in all the newspapers. What does it mean? Did they finally understand that the Islams are indeed not fake, it may be the opposite.

  6. Annon

    Dear Choudhuries:

    Ashitechhe shuvo din
    Dine dine bohu bariachhe dena
    Shudite hoibe rheen!

  7. Fugstar

    Dr. Moyeen Khan has the hair, and he tried, maybe he will have better luck in future. There was little he could really do as science minister.. but hey to have a science minister, and one with a science background is revolution! I don’t recognize economists, bunch of gits generally, only know how to think in small straight lines, circles and ponds. Besides wasn’t Kibria murdered? Replacing economist technocrats with people of science/eng backgrounds in the right places would be great.

  8. Bangali Colbert

    Replacing economist technocrats with people of science/eng backgrounds in the right places would be great.

    I totally agree with Fugstar above. I think it has nothing to do with the fact that he himself is probably a science/engineering student. Absolutely not. Unlike the rest of us, his statements are motivated by lofty thoughts for improvement of the country. Not out of personal vanity.

  9. Abdul Huque

    Poor SAMS Kibria was murdered by his political rivals. Most unfortunate. But as a Finance Minister during 1996-2001 he was a disaster because he thought only of his party never about the people. He interfered in administration and can be solely responsible for the stock market crash which occurred in 1997. If he had not allowed the illegal trading in the carb market perhaps things would be different. He should have also stopped his daughter-in-law from speculation in stock exchange which led many to believe that the high prices would go even higher. What we need in our government is subject technologist and scientist. We should avoid economist as much as possible. We must also avoid government servants because those who did not serve when they had the chance will never be able to serve as political leaders.

  10. Fugstar

    I just hope that the parties prepare people for their eventual portfolios and choose/fast track candidates with those potentials. I am not a science/engineering student, and firmly believe that economistic thinking can be blinkering, it has its place but its too privileged and “negatory”… but boy am i glad that CS Karim is about right now, and that there are decent deshi practical academics chairing important public offices.

  11. Iconus Clustus

    …and I thought the post was about Nazim Kamran Chowdhury being sued!

    Instead, I found wanna-be technocrats singing the song of elite revolution! Funny.

    Getting back to the case – I figure there wont be much hue and cry about it anywhere (places that matter, not the blogosphere – though it may very well have an impact) since several people with key positions in the current ruling band will eventually be called into the light. Given the edgy situation created over countless “questionable” activities of the CTG, no one from within would invite any more troubles in the pot. Accordingly the Islams would be sidelined, threatened, and what not. For all we know, they would be made the “sacrificial goats” if the stuntbajes are that motivated, though I doubt that.

  12. M. Emad

    Nazim Kamran Choudhury: ‘Old habits die-hard’?

    This refers to the news report “Landowner sues Nazim Kamran Choudhury” (The Daily Star; November 15, 2007). According to the news, Mrs. Farhana Islam, a landowner, filed a criminal case with the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court against Nazim Kamran Choudhury (husband of the industries adviser Geeteara Choudhury) alleging that after the termination of rental contact Nazim illegally kept staying at her building in Gulshan-2 without paying any rent and other bills. According to Farhana in the court, Nazim Kamran Choudhury and his men beat up her and tugged at her sari when they made a bid to ‘usurp the property” on October 22. As Gulshan police refused to register the complain, Farhana had to move to the court. On the other hand, the Magistrate recorded statement but did not pass any order on the issue.

    Nazim Kamran Choudhury is not an ordinary person – an ex-BNP lawmaker (MP), political theorist, businessman and above all a top NSF (National Student Federation) leader of the ’60s. If allegation against Nazim Kamran is correct it again proves that ‘old habits die-hard’.

    Mrs. Farhana may not have heard of NSF if she was born after 1971. Just after taking over power illigally, Ayub Khan created NSF to propagate his (military) ideology. Under the full patronage of East Pakistan Governor Monem Khan (and his sons) and ‘Dacca’ University VC Dr. Osman Ghani, NSF introduced guns, violence-terrorism, election rigging, ‘cadre’/ ‘muscleman’, rape etc. in and out of campus. The names ‘Pach-pattur’, Khoka, Altaf etc. has became synonymous with Ayun-Monem era. However, not all NSF members are the same – military back current Caretaker Government’s Chief Adviser, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed (a brother-in-law of Nazim Kamran Choudhury; who recently declared crusade against 3 Ms – Money, Muscle and Misuse of power) was a brilliant and well-reputed student. Another NSF member, Shaheed Bodi, Bir Bikram, fought valiantly in Pakistan military occupied ’71 Dhaka city.

    As the people of Bangladesh too easily forget their past/ history, they repeatedly fall pray to the same old things – both at personal and national levels.

    One hopes that the newly ‘independent’ court will soon resolve this matter neutrally.

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