ACC sues PWD additional chief engineer, his wife for illegal wealth

Staff Correspondent

5th August, 2020 01:21:47 printer

ACC sues PWD additional chief engineer, his wife for illegal wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday filed a case against an additional chief engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) and his spouse on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 8 crore.

ACC Assistant Director Md Neyamul Hasan Gazi filed the case with its integrated district office Dhaka 1.

The accused are PWD additional chief engineer Utpal Kumar Dey and his wife Gopa Dey.

Earlier on July 27, the anti-graft body approved the case at a regular meeting held at the ACC headquarters in Dhaka.

PWD Additional Chief Engineer Kumar allegedly took bribes from GK Shamim and amassed illegal wealth worth around TK8 crore. His wife, Gopa, allegedly helped him with the money laundering.

However, the ACC probe team upon inquiry also found illegal wealth allegedly amassed by Gopa Dey.

On September 25, 2019, the Housing and Public Works Ministry made Utpal Kumra Dey an officer on special duty (OSD) for their involvement in manipulating tender and helping contractor Golam Kibria alias GK Shamim, and over a bribery scandal in the department.

On the same day, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) asked Bangladesh Bank to freeze the accounts of Utpal and Gopa, and provide details of their accounts.

GK Shamim who was arrested during the “casino raid” in Bangladesh which was dubbed by the government as a “clean up drive” late last year is now in police custody.

On September 20 last year, RAB arrested Shamim for alleged extortion and tender manipulation.

The same year on December 10, the ACC summoned 11 Public Works Department (PWD) engineers for allegedly assisting GK Shamim in getting tenders and amassing illegal wealth.