Rajshahi range Superintendent of Police (SP) Belayet Hossain among 16 people has been sued on charge of extortion in the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court.
Businessman Golam Mostafa who identified himself as a relative of former inspector general of police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary filed the case with the court on Wednesday.
After recording the plaintiff's statement, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Didar Hossain ordered the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the allegation, Md Salauddin, bench assistant of the court, said.
According to the case statement, the plaintiff met SP Belayet two years ago at the office of former IGP Dr Javed. From that time, the plaintiff's relationship with Belayet has been good.
On August 11, 2019, the plaintiff gave a loan of Tk5 lakh to SP Belayet, who later repaid the loan by cheque.
On April 4, 2020, Belayet told the plaintiff's father over the phone that if he does not pay Tk5 lakh, his son (plaintiff) will be in trouble.
Later, the plaintiff's father gave a cheque of Tk5 lakh to the accused. On April 10, they found out that the accused took the cheque through blackmail.
On August 8, 15-16 men impersonating as DB police, including Belayet, entered the plaintiff's house and demanded an extortion of Tk25 lakh.
They also threatened him by saying, "If you do not pay Tk25 lakh, you will be accused in an arms case and will be jailed and fined. A mobile court will raid your businesses in Narayanganj."
The complainant also said as he was unable to pay, he was beaten and taken to the DB office on Minto Road in the capital where SP Belayet asked him to pay Tk25 lakh.
Otherwise, SP Belayet threatened to file a case accusing him of possessing arms and phensedyl, or to arrange a crossfire.
At one stage, the plaintiff's family gave Tk3.5lakh to the accused and on August 10, another Tk50,000 was paid.
Later, the plaintiff's father made a Tk15 lakh deal with the accused and gave him a Tk5 lakh cheque.
Belayet also threatened to close down the plaintiff's business if they did not pay another Tk6 lakh within seven days.
The plaintiff appealed to the court to task RAB with investigating the allegation.
SP Belayet on Wednesday said, "The man (plaintiff) owes me Tk5 lakh. He has repaid Tk1 lakh in two installments. The remaining Tk4 lakh is supposed to be repaid tomorrow (Thursday). I have documents. Without paying, he has filed an extortion case against me."
Asked whether he is a relative of the plaintiff, he said, "No. I just know him."