12:00 AM, December 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 06, 2018

Nominee Affidavits: Tk 2.67cr fortune, nothing in banks

Dinajpur-1 lawmaker Manoranjan Shill Gopal, his wife or any of his dependents do not have a single penny in banks, although the family's net wealth grew 38 times in the last 10 years.

In 2008, his own deposit in bank and other financial institutions was Tk 3 lakh, which rose to Tk 10.1 lakh in 2013, according to his affidavits submitted to the Election Commission.

In those years too, his wife and other dependents had no money in banks.

However, his family's net wealth rose to Tk 2.67 crore in 2018 from Tk 7 lakh in 2008. It includes nonfarm land worth Tk 1.95 crore.

His moveable properties have also seen an astronomical rise, by nearly 28 times, to Tk 1.12 crore in 2018 from a decade ago, according to the affidavits.

He has a personal loan of Tk 41 lakh, which he took from a person named Md Yunus.

Also interestingly, the ruling Awami League MP did not show any land in his name in the wealth statement in 2013. His latest affidavit shows he has some 10 acres of nonfarm land worth Tk 82.8 lakh.

Though he does not have any farmland, he earned Tk 9 lakh from agriculture in 2018, a fourth of his current total annual income of Tk 33.32 lakh, according to his affidavit.  

The rest of his income -- Tk 24,32,000 -- came from his salary and other allowance as lawmaker.  

Ten years ago, his annual income was just Tk 1.6 lakh.

Over the years, the lawmaker has changed his profession too. In 2008, he identified himself as a contractor and an editor of a local daily. His affidavit submitted before the 2014 election shows he was no longer a contractor, but only the editor of the daily.

Now, he identifies himself as the editor of local daily Patralap and a businessman.

The Gopals have 20 tolas of gold whose market value has been shown to be Tk 60,000 only. 

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