The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is set to submit a charge sheet against recently arrested Monir Hossain, alias Golden Monir, in a case filed eight years ago alleging illegal acquisition of wealth.
The commission on Thursday approved the charge sheet. ACC Director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter to The Business Standard.
According to the ACC, in the charge sheet, allegations have been made against Monir for amassing illegal wealth worth Tk3,10,75,335, beyond his known income.
ACC Deputy Director Harunur Rashid filed a case against Monir in 2012. Immediately afterwards, Monir filed a writ petition with the High Court. The investigation of the case was suspended for a while on the order of the court. In the meantime, the investigating officer of the case has also changed several times.
Deputy Director Mosharraf Hossain Mridha finally submitted the inquiry report against Monir, on the basis of which the commission approved the charge sheet.
"The charge sheet will be submitted to the court next week," said sources.
According to the ACC inquiry report, Monir's claim that he had received donations from various persons – to legalise Tk1.49 crore earned illegally before June 2009 – has been proved false. No valid source of Monir's Tk1.49 crore was found.
Meanwhile, the commission is conducting another inquiry over another allegation against Monir of amassing illegal wealth after 18 June 2009.
In the meantime, a wealth statement notice has been issued against him, and a separate inquiry is also underway against his wife.
According to ACC sources, Monir has deposited more than Tk500 crore in various banks. His immovable assets amount to Tk64 crore, while he has Tk 45 crore in movable assets, including gold ornaments and cars. His movable and immovable assets are worth Tk110 crore. Thus far, ACC has information on over Tk610 crore illegal wealth amassed by Monir.
But, ACC sources said, by the end of the inquiry, we might have information about over Tk1,500 crore in illegal wealth of Monir.
The ACC inquiry team, comprised of Deputy Director Shamsul Alam and Assistant Director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, has submitted an interim report to the commission mentioning these findings.
On November 21, RAB raided Golden Monir's house and arrested Monir the next morning. RAB filed 3 cases against Monir that same day.