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ACC prosecutes PWD’s Utpal, wife over illegal wealth

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:02, Aug 06,2020


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday filed two cases against Public Works Department additional chief engineer Utpal Kumar Dey and his wife Gopa Dey accusing them of making money through illegal activities and laundering.

ACC assistant director Neyamul Hasan Gazi in his inquiry found that the couple amassed illegal wealth worth about Tk 8 crore, said ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

In the first case, the commission accused the couple of amassing Tk 6.62 crore from illegal sources while in the second case, the commission accused Utpal for amassing Tk 1.18 crore from illegal sources, said Pranab.  

The commission initiated the inquiry against Utpal Kumar in September last year allegedly for his link with the government-listed top contractor and Juba League leader SM Golam Kibria Shamim, now in jail.

In September last year, Utpal Kumar was made the officer on special duty in the wake of the crackdown on the ‘casino businesses’ in the capital.

Earlier in October 2019, the commission imposed foreign travel ban on a good number of PWD officials and engineers, including Utpal Kumar, as the commission’s primary inquiry found that the officials had accumulated illegal wealth and were trying to leave the country.

On October 20, 2019, the commission filed a case against GK Shamim and his mother for their alleged involvement in the accumulation of illegal wealth worth about Tk 297 crore.

On September 20, 2019, the Rapid Action Battalion detained GK Shamim with a huge amount of cash and fixed deposit receipts and seven bodyguards at his office in Niketan of Dhaka.

The RAB seized Tk 165 crore in fixed deposit receipts and Tk 1.8 crore in cash and foreign currencies during the drive.

On September 30, 2019, the commission launched an inquiry to detect the illegal wealth of the people involved in the unauthorised casino operations and other illegal businesses.

On September 18, 2019, the government started the drive against casino operations and some other illegal money-makers.

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