A Dhaka court on Monday placed Abdul Malek alias Badal, millionaire driver of the Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), on a 14-day remand in two cases.
The court granted the remand when police produced him before it seeking a seven-day remand in each case— one filed under the Arms Act and the other under the Special Powers Act.
Earlier on Sunday, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Malek from a house in the city’s Turag area.
Tk 1.5 lakh in fake currency and an illegal firearm were recovered from his possession.
Two cases were filed with Turag Police Station in this regard.
Sources said Malek has two seven-storey luxury houses in Dakkhin Kamarpara, one under-construction 10-storey building on 4.5 acres of land at Hatirpool and a dairy farm on 15 acres of land at Dakkhin Kamarpara.
Besides, he has huge money deposited in different banks, Rab said.
It said Malek had been involved in trading illegal arms and forged notes and different criminal activities, including extortion.
He used to grab others’ land holding the hostage at gunpoint.
Sources said Malek created an organisation named Drivers’ Association at the DGHS and became its president. Later, he amassed huge illegal money using his influence.
Besides, he managed jobs for several of his close relatives at the DGHS.