GK Shamim has Tk 337cr in 180 bank accounts! | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:10 AM, August 08, 2020

GK Shamim has Tk 337cr in 180 bank accounts!

Construction mogul GK Shamim has Tk 337.30 crore in 180 fixed deposit accounts with different banks, two houses in the capital and 52 kathas of land worth Tk 41 crore, according to charges pressed before a Dhaka court on Wednesday.

Shamim, a top contractor of government projects, amassed the wealth through tender manipulation at government departments and extortion at bus terminals and cattle markets, mentioned the chargesheet filed against him and his seven bodyguards.

Abu Sayeed, additional special superintendent of organised economic crime unit at Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who is investigating a money-laundering case against Shamim, gave the information to The Daily Star last night, citing the chargesheet.

Shamim was trying to siphon off the illegal money abroad, Sayeed added.

A Rab team on September 20 last year arrested Shamim and his seven bodyguards over extortion and tender manipulation.

Rab raided his house and office in the capital's Niketon in the morning and seized eight firearms, a large stash of ammunition, around Tk 1.8 crore in cash, $ 9,000 and 752 Singaporean currency, and some bottles of foreign liquor.

His bodyguards are Delwar Hossain, Murad Hossain, Zahidul Islam, Shahidul Islam, Kamal Hossain, Samsad Hossain and Aminul Islam.

The chargesheet mentioned that Shamim's transaction with different local banks was over Tk 6,058.51 crore between 2009 and 2019. Most of the transactions took place in 2018 and 2019.

Of the amount, over Tk 3,042.83 crore was credited and the rest was debited.

Sayeed said the Tk 337.30 crore in fixed deposit accounts was frozen with court orders while the taka and dollars seized from him in cash were deposited to the government exchequer. Besides, his two houses and around 52 khatas of land were confiscated.

The chargesheet also mentioned that between 2009 and 2019, Shamim's firm GKB and Company got work orders for 154 projects. Before Shamim's arrest, he completed 61 projects and received around Tk 743.77 crore in payment. The work of the 93 other projects worth Tk 4,810.49 crore have yet to be completed.

Shamim is now being treated at the prison cell at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.

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