A Bangladeshi businessman filed an extortion case against former Prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina on Monday, according to reports by bdnews24 and The Daily Star .

Sheikh Hasina, is currently on a private visit in the USA.

Tajul Islam Faruk from Habiganj, who has shown an address in Dhaka, filed the case with Tejgaon Police Station, sub-inspector Mohammad Jasim told reporters in Dhaka.

Another police official said the businessman had alleged that Hasina, chief of the Awami League and daughter of an independence war hero, had extorted some 30 million taka ($436,000) from him.

Faruk brought allegations of extortion and abuse of power against Hasina when she was the prime minister. Hasina’s personal staffer Manu Majumder was also named in the case.

The current emergency rule was brought on in Bangladesh on January 11 due to violent confrontations between supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League.

Since it took over power, the interim government backed by the country’s defence forces has arrested many high-profile leaders from both parties on corruption charges including the son of former Prime minister Khaleda Zia. In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Sheikh Hasina criticised the reconstituted Election Commission of Bangladesh for delaying the polls and branded the Interim government as “unconstitutional and undemocratic”.

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