Belayet Hossain, superintendent of police of Rajshahi range, was sued yesterday for extortion in a case filed in Dhaka.
Golam Mostofa, a businessman and a relative of a former inspector general of police, filed the case with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Didar Hussain around noon yesterday. Some 15 to 16 unnamed people were also accused in the case.
The case document states that around two years ago, the complainant was introduced to Belayet Hossain in the office of the former IGP. "A good relation developed between them. Belayet took a loan of Tk 5 lakh from the complainant's father Golam Mohammad on August 11 last year to register a piece of land. He repaid the money through a cheque on March 15.
"On April 4 this year, Belayet sent a man to the complainant's father. The man introduced himself as a DB officer. Belayet then called the complainant's father and said that his son would be in trouble if he did not pay Tk 5 lakh. Later, the complainant's father handed over a cheque of Tk 5 lakh to Belayet. On April 10, his father spoke to the complainant. The duo realised that Belayet had taken the money through fraudulence."
Golam then asked his bank not to pay the mount.
On August 8, some 15-16 unidentified persons, along with Belayet, entered the complainant's house in the capital's Dhanmondi claiming to be DB men and demanded Tk 25 lakh or else they would frame Mostofa in an arms case, the complaint read.
In the complaint, Mostofa alleged that the unnamed people led by Belayet beat him up and forcibly took him to the capital's DB office. He said he was blindfolded in the office.
Mostofa alleged that Belayet told him that if he did not get the money, he would "put Mostafa in a crossfire or a drug case".
Mostofa's father paid Belayet Tk 3.5 lakh that day.
On August 10, another Tk 50,000 was paid to Belayet. The accused asked for Tk 6 lakh within 7 days, otherwise he would frame Mostafa in various cases, the case documents added.
After a hearing, the magistrate took the case into cognisance, recorded the statement of the complainant and instructed the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the matter and submit a report by November 1.
The Daily Star failed to reach the SP for comments. He did not pick up his phone or respond to texts.
However, SP Belayet told a paper, "I lent Tk 5 lakh to the man [Mostofa]. He paid one lakh in two installments. The rest Tk 4 lakh is to be paid on Thursday. I also have documents. Since he is not paying the money, the man filed an extortion case against me."
Asked whether he was a relative of the man, the SP said, "We are not relatives, but acquaintances."