Report against Golden Monir June 13...

Dhaka, Wednesday   16 June 2021

Money laundering case 

Report against Golden Monir June 13

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:21 PM, 12 May 2021  

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A Dhaka court has fixed June 13 for the submission of the investigation report in the case filed against Monir Hossain alias Golden Monir under the Money Laundering Prevention Act. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Debabrata Biswas on Wednesday accepted the statement of case and fixed the date.  

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, CID Inspector Ibrahim Hossain Hossain filed the case against 10 people including Golden Monir's wife and son with Badda police station.

The other accused in the case are - Monir's wife Raushan Akhter, son Rafi Hossain, sister Nasima Akhter, Nasima's husband Hasan Ali Khan, Monir's other brother-in-law Nahid Hossain, Golden Monir's associate Abdul Hamid, Sirajganj Sadar Upazila Chairman Riaz Uddin, Riaz's brother Haider Ali and Dhaka North City Corporation Ward No. 44 Councilor Md Shafiqul Islam alias Shafiq. 

According to the CID officials, Monir amassed the wealth through smuggling gold, occupying land through forgery and collecting tolls. He later invested in different businesses and amassed huge wealth in connivance with a ward councilor of Dhaka North City Corporation and Sirajganj Awami League leader. 

CID sources said Golden Monir became one of the owners of Grand Jamjam Tower in Uttara sector No. 13 and Safa Tower of Uttara sector 11. 

He also owns 90-katha land in different areas of Dhaka including 19 plots of 2.5-Katha per plot in Badda housing project of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), a 10-katha plot at Purbachal New Model Town, two 8-katha plots in Baridhara J block, a 1.75-katha plot in Khilkhet and 12-katha plot at Nolvog area of Turag. 

Golden Monir also owns 2.5 bigha land at Char Ruhitpur in Keraniganj. He has ownership of a real estate company Swadesh Properties.

CID said Golden Monir has over Tk 7.91 billion deposit in 129 bank accounts. Golden Monir’s business company Auto Car Selection Limited had sent Tk 50 million to RAJUK Karmachari multipurpose welfare association’s bank account. The transaction has been marked as 'mysterious'.

Monir’s wife Rowshan Ara is taking benefit from five buildings at Badda DIT project. Monir has given ownership of car auto center to his son Rafi Hossain, 24. 

According to CID, councilor Shafiqul of the Dhaka North City Corporation aided and abetted Monir in amassing the wealth illegally. The councilor took lease of a parking lot at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and helped Monir in smuggling gold. Monir and his associates built 14-storied Jamjam tower by the wealth earned through illegal means. 

The councilor is one of the owners of the building. He is also accused in three cases filed with Uttarkhan and Dakshinkhan police stations. 

Sirajganj Sadar Upazila Chairman Riaz Uddin, who would work at Sonali Bank’s airport branch as a peon, was acquainted with Monir in 1996. He also got involved in gold smuggling with Monir and left the job later. He is also one of the owners of Jamjam Tower and Safa Tower. 

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Monir and recovered a foreign-made pistol, bullets, foreign liquor, currencies of ten countries, eight kilograms of gold ornaments and Tk1.9 crore in cash after a raid at his Merool Badda house on 20 November 2020. 

Later, a case was filed against him with Badda police station under the Special Power Act. Monir, who is now in jail, has been made accused in four other cases.