The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to sue Utpal Kumar Dey, Public Works Department additional chief engineer, and his wife Gopa Dey for allegedly amassing illegal wealth and laundering money.
Confirming the matter to The Business Standard, ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said the decision came at a commission meeting on Tuesday.
ACC Assistant Director Neyamul Hasan Gazi will file the case shortly against the couple for illegally amassing around Tk8 crore and for money laundering.
The commission said Tk8 crore in assets is considered "disproportionate for this government employee."
According to ACC sources, Utpal had previously come under fire for cooperating with Gulam Kibria (GK) Shamim – the arrested tender mafia and expelled Jubo League leader – and for amassing illegal wealth by helping GK Shamim.
Since law enforcement began operations against casino kingpins on September 18, the commission formed a team to enquire into the illegal wealth of the casino bosses and their aides.
The committee, led by ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain, has filed 23 cases against 27 people so far.
Those who have been sued so far include GK Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, Jubo League leader Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, Enamul Haque Arman, and former managing director of NRB Global Bank Prashanta Kumar Halder.
Additionally, Gandaria Awami League Vice President Enamul Haque Enu, his brother Joint Secretary Rupon Bhuiyan, expelled Jubo League office secretary Kazi Anisur Rahman and his wife, Mohammedan Club Director in-charge Lukman Hossain Bhuiyan, online casino kingpin Salim Prodhan, Dhaka city South Jubo League Joint Secretary and former councilor of Ward-9 of Dhaka South City Corporation AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed have also been sued by the ACC.
According to sources, the commission is enquiring the illegal wealth of 200 people in connection with the casino trade.
After few months of inactivity amid the pandemic, the anti-graft body has restarted its investigation into ill-gotten wealth.