A Dhaka court yesterday ordered to freeze 170 bank accounts of Md Monir Hossain, known as Golden Monir, and three others in connection with a money laundering case.
The other accused are Monir's brother-in-law Md Haider Ali, Sirajganjdistrict Awami League convener Riaz Uddin and Dhaka North City Corporation ward councillor Shafiqul Islam.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of the Senior Special Judge's Court of Dhaka passed the order after Md Sadeque Ali, an inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and also the case's investigation officer, submitted an application seeking permission for freezing the accounts.
On May 11, CID Inspector Mohammad Ibrahim filed the case with Badda Police Station under the Money Laundering Prevention Act against 10 people, including Monir.
In the case, Monir's wife, son, daughter and sister were also made accused.
According to the prosecution, Monir owns around 30 plots, over a dozen buildings and two car showrooms -- all bought with his illegal money.
The CID inspector added that Monir deposited over Tk 791 crore in 129 bank accounts during his involvement in gold smuggling.
Only Tk 6.18 crore is currently available in those accounts.
Rab arrested Monir on November 20 last year, and recovered a foreign-made pistol, bullets, foreign liquor, currencies of 10 countries, eight kilogrammes of gold ornaments and Tk 1.9 crore in cash from his Merul Badda residence.
Rab later filed three cases against him with Badda Police Station.
Earlier, Rab submitted charge sheets against Monir in cases filed under the Arms and Narcotics Control acts.