ACC seeks info on wealth of ‘Golden Monir,’ his wife

Staff Correspondent

27 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday sought the wealth statement of the arrested controversial businessman Monir Hossain alias ‘Golden Monir’ and his wife Raushan Akhter.

The anti-graft body asked the couple to submit their statements to the commission within 21 working days as per section 26 (1) of ACC act, said ACC director (media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

The notice signed by ACC director Aktar Hossain Azad asked for information about all of their movable and immovable properties, liabilities, and sources of income and details of their acquisition in their own names and anonymity.

It also said that action would be taken against them under the ACC Act if they failed to submit the statements within the stipulated time or if they provided the commission with false information.

ACC sources said the commission in its initial probe has found around Tk 6.1 billion wealth of 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 Raushan 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 commission obtained specific information about these properties in an inquiry. The ACC is carrying out the inquiry into the ill-gotten wealth of Monir and his family members.

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.