ACC sues Papia, husband for illegal wealth

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:46, Aug 04,2020 | Updated: 01:00, Aug 05,2020


Shamima Nur Papia and Mofizur Rahman Sumon

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday filed a case against Juba Mahila League’s suspended leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon on the charge of amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 6.24 crore.

The commission deputy director Shahin Ara Momtaz filed the case with the ACC integrated office Dhaka-1, said ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

He said that during the inquiry, the commission found the illegal wealth in their names and the accused failed to show any known source of their income.

According to the first information report, before being arrested by RAB, Papia paid Tk 3.23 crore in cash to the Westin Dhaka as bills of 25 rooms, food, liquor and spa and spent Tk 4 crore for shopping from October 2019 to February 2020.

The FIR said that she paid Tk 30 lakh as house rent from April 2015 to April 2020 while she invested Tk 1 crore in the automobile business and opened a car servicing centre named KMC Car Wash Solution spending Tk 20 lakh in Narsingdi.

ACC found Tk 30.52 lakh in several bank accounts belonging to the couple while RAB seized Tk 58.41 lakh in cash.

The commission also found an SUV in Mofizur’s name, which is worth Tk 22 lakh.

On February 28, the commission launched an inquiry against Papia on the charge of her alleged involvement in accumulating illegal wealth.

Earlier on February 23, RAB raided two flats owned by the couple after arresting them at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on the previous day. RAB seized counterfeit notes, foreign currencies and around Tk 2.5 lakh in cash.

RAB also found around Tk 58 lakh in cash in two flats at Indira Road in Dhaka and a presidential suite at a five-star hotel.

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