ACC finds Tk 6.1bn wealth of ‘Golden Monir’

Staff Correspondent

25 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in its initial probe has found around Tk 6.1 billion worth of wealth of Monir Hossain alias Golden Monir, who was arrested by elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).

During the investigation carried out by a team, led by its Deputy Director Md Shamsul Alam, the national anti-graft body has also found that Monir’s wife Rawshanara Akhter possesses assets to the tune of Tk 55 million.

The inquiry team submitted a report to the commission on Tuesday suggesting that notices be issued seeking wealth statements of the couple, ACC sources said.

The ACC is carrying out the inquiry into the ill-gotten wealth of Monir and his family members.

Earlier, it filed a case against Monir in 2012 on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 16.1 million. The investigation of the case is yet to be completed.

The onus is now on ACC Deputy Director Mosharraf Hossain to conduct the investigation.

ACC Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said there are a slew of allegations against Monir and the commission is now carrying out inquiry into his illegal wealth.

Earlier on Monday, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) sought information relating to bank accounts of Monir, his wife, son Rafi Hossain, mother Ayesha Begum and business entities from banks and financial institutions to check their tax payment status.

The NBR Central Intelligence Cell sent separate letters to the banks and financial institutions asking them to provide information of their transactions over the last seven years since July 2013 within seven days.

The business firms include Auto Car Selection, Gulf Auto Cars Ltd, Monir Builders Ltd, Golden Gear and Monir Trading International.

Rab members arrested Monir from his Merul Badda residence on Saturday morning following an overnight raid.

During the drive, the elite force seized one foreign pistol, four bullets, four litres of foreign liquor, 32 fake seals, Tk 10.9 million in cash, huge foreign currencies and 600 tolas of gold.

Meanwhile, three cases filed against Monir were transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police from Badda Police Station on Tuesday noon for investigation.