Papia, husband indicted in graft case
DHAKA, Nov 30, 2021 (BSS) - A Dhaka court today framed charges against
expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur
Rahman Sumon in a case filed for amassing illegal wealth of over Taka six
Judge Mohammad Ali Hossain of Dhaka Special Judge Court-3 passed the
order, setting December 22 for start recording depositions of the witnesses.
Earlier on October 6 police produced the couple before Dhaka
Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court as it accepted the charge-sheet in the
case. The court later transferred the case to Dhaka Special Judge Court-3 for
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Shaheen Ara Momtaz
filed the case against Papia and her husband with its Dhaka District Office-1
on August 4, 2020, for amassing illegal wealth of Taka 6.24 crore.
According to the case documents, Papia and her husband from October 12,
2019, to February 22, 2020, rented a total of 25 rooms of a five-star hotel
in Dhaka and paid over Taka 3.23 crore cash as room rent, bills for bars,
spa, laundry and food service.
Papia spent around Taka 40 lakh in shopping during her stay at the
hotel, but couldn't show any valid source of income against this huge sum.
Besides, the ACC also did not find any valid sources of Taka 30 lakh
which Papia paid as rent for her flat from April 2015 to April 2020, Taka one
crore invested in vehicle trade, Taka 20 lakh invested in car wash solution
business in Narsingdi and over Taka 30.52 lakh deposited in different bank
accounts of her and her husband.
On February 22, 2020, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Papia
and her husband, along with two of their accomplices, at Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport with counterfeit banknotes, foreign currencies and
RAB later raided their two luxurious flats in the capital's Indira Road
area and recovered a foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five
bottles of foreign liquor and Taka 58.41 lakh in cash, among other things.