Massive 'Illegal Assets' Case against Police Officer and His Wife-Mother-in-law

Massive 'Illegal Assets' Case against Police Officer and His Wife-Mother-in-law

Massive 'Illegal Assets' Case against Police Officer and His Wife-Mother-in-law

Massive 'Illegal Assets' Case against Police Officer and His Wife-Mother-in-law

An investigation has been launched by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Pirojpur district, Feni, against a police inspector for allegedly amassing nearly 180 million taka worth of illegal assets. The case also involves the officer's wife and mother-in-law.

The accused police officer's name is Syed Abdullah, a former officer-in-charge (OC) of Mathbaria Police Station in Pirojpur. He is currently working as an inspector at the Crime Branch of Feni Police Super Office. He resides in Lahuria Talukpara village of Lohagara Upazila in Narail. The other two accused in the case are Syed Abdullah's wife, Farhana Akhtar, and mother-in-law, Karima Khatun.

According to sources, Syed Abdullah allegedly created two national identification cards (NIDs) in the name of his wife, Farhana Akhtar, for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining a savings certificate worth one crore taka. It was also discovered that assets, including a car worth 3.1 million taka, were purchased using the same identity. In addition, properties such as two plots in Syed Abdullah's name, two residential flats in the name of Farhana Akhtar, and a commercial space were acquired. A residential flat was also purchased in the name of Karima Khatun using funds from Farhana Akhtar's bank account. Altogether, the accused individuals have unlawfully obtained 180 million 15 lakh 60 thousand 286 taka worth of immovable and movable assets.

The complaint alleges that Syed Abdullah, as a government employee serving in the police force, misused his position and acquired a substantial amount of money through bribery and corruption, in his own name as well as in the names of his wife and mother-in-law.

Attempts were made to contact Syed Abdullah on his mobile phone, but he did not answer the calls.

According to the Pirojpur district office of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Syed Abdullah joined the police force as a sub-inspector in 1991. He was promoted to the rank of inspector in 2007. From March 29, 2019, to March 24, 2020, he served as the OC of Mathbaria Police Station. A complaint regarding allegations of misuse of power and acquiring a significant amount of illegal assets was sent to the Anti-Corruption Commission's head office in Barishal for investigation in 2020. Subsequently, Mo. Mostafiz, the assistant director of the Pirojpur district office, initiated the investigation. The ACC obtained information about the acquisition of illegal assets in the names of Syed Abdullah, his wife, and mother-in-law during the investigation.

Mo. Mostafiz, the assistant director of the Pirojpur district office of the ACC, stated that an allegation of amassing 180 million 15 lakh taka worth of illegal assets has been found against Syed Abdullah and his wife-mother-in-law. The accused will be investigated and prosecuted under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004, Section 27(1), and the Penal Code 1860, Section 420/109, along with the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Illegal Assets:

Syed Abdullah owns a 3,909 square feet flat on the 12th floor of Nasreen Esilman Palace in Gulshan, Dhaka, under the name of his father-in-law, Karima Khatun. The flat was purchased for BDT 8,83,98,000 (8 crore 83 lakh 98 thousand). Abdullah's wife, Farhana Aktar, owns commercial space on the third floor of Green City Residency, Kakrail, Dhaka, measuring 2,120 square feet, along with a total area of 2,386 square feet including car parking, valued at BDT 2,70,20,000 (2 crore 70 lakh 20 thousand). In addition, under the name of Farhana Aktar, there is a Royal-type apartment measuring 2,150 square feet on the 10th floor of The Oasis Complex Tower, located in Boro Maghbazar, Dhaka, valued at BDT 2,73,42,232 (2 crore 73 lakh 42 thousand 232). There is also a flat measuring 2,000 square feet worth BDT 4,00,000 (4 lakh) in Police Project Southern Park-1, Block-EM, West Nandipara, Khilgaon. Syed Abdullah, using his own name, owns two plots in Ananda Police Housing Society, Rupganj Upazila, Narayanganj, for which he has paid BDT 40,42,200 (40 lakh 42 thousand 200) so far.

Mohammad Mustafiz, the Deputy Director of DUDOK, stated that on May 28, following the order of Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge's Court, the acquired movable and immovable assets of Syed Abdullah, obtained through illegal means, have been seized. Additionally, the tax files of Syed Abdullah and his wife, Farhana Aktar, have been confiscated.

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