Amassing Illegal Wealth

ACC approves charges against ‘casino brothers’

Staff Correspondent

11 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday approved charge sheets against four people including suspended Awami League leader Enamul Haque Enu and his brother Rupon Bhuyain in two cases filed on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 89 crore.

The anti-graft body approved the charges at a meeting of the commission held at its Segunbagicha headquarters in the capital, said ACC Secretary M Anwar Hossain Hawlader.

The ACC approved a charge sheet against Enamul Haque Enu on charges of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 47.36 crore through illegal business including casino business.

ACC investigation also found that Enu’s close aides –Harun-or-Rashid and Abul Kalam Azad--- helped him to earn illegal wealth worth Tk4 crore, said Hawlader.

Another charge sheet was also approved by the ACC against Rupon Bhuyain as the commission found illegal wealth worth Tk37.57 crore. Hawlader said Rupon Bhuyain owned wealth worth Tk 42.93 crore where they found his legal sources of income of only Tk5.36 crore. He amassed the illegal wealth through his casino business.

Earlier, in October 2019, the ACC filed two cases — one against Enamul for amassing illegal wealth worth Tk21.89 crore, and another against Rupon for amassing illegal wealth worth Tk14.12— with its integrated district office in Dhaka.

Enu and Rupon were arrested from a rented flat in Keraniganj where they were hiding after law enforcers launched a crackdown on illegal casinos, bars, spas and graft in 2019.

Law enforcers recovered Tk 40 lakh in cash and 12 mobile phones from their possession during the arrest.

CID officials said the two brothers have 22 houses and plots in the capital, five cars, and Tk 19.11 crore in 91 bank accounts frozen by the Bangladesh Bank.

Enu was vice-president of Gandaria thana Awami league while Rupon was joint secretary general of the same unit.