A Dhaka court on Sunday ordered confiscation of property and 53 bank accounts of MP Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul, his wife and four other people and two organisations in two graft cases.
The court passed the order following separate petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police.
It asked for freezing 53 bank accounts of Paplu and six other people and two organisations in connection with the case filed by the CID.
Earlier, the ACC sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank for freezing 613 bank accounts of Papul, his wife and two others in connection with a graft case.
In the letter, the national anti-graft body requested Bangladesh Bank to ask managing directors of eight banks to prevent money being spent from the accounts of MP Papul, his wife Salina Islam, MP, sister-in law Jesmin Akter Prodhan and daughter Wafa Islam.
On November 11, the ACC filed the case against Papul, his wife Salina, their daughter Wafa and Jesmin on charge of laundering around Tk 148 crore.
On December 22, the CID filed another case against Papul, MP from Laxmipur-2 constituency, and seven other people and business entities for laundering over Tk 382.2 million.
Al Amin Hossain, assistant superintendent of police of Financial Crime Unit under Organised Crime Division of the CID, filed the case with Paltan Model Police Station.
The other accused include Papul’s personal secretary Sadikur Rahman Monir, sister-in-law Jesmin Prodhan, daughter Wafa Islam and brother Kazi Badrul Alam.
Golam Mostafa, manager of Job Bank International, and business entities ZW Lilabali and Job Bank International were also made accused in the case.
Salina and Jesmin were interrogated by the ACC on July 22 last as part of investigation against the Bangladeshi MP who was arrested in Kuwait over human trafficking, money laundering, visa trading and bribery charges.
Papul was arrested in Kuwait on June 6.
Kuwaiti authorities froze his bank accounts and companies to ensure that the money is not moved around beyond the jurisdiction of Kuwaiti courts.
The MP is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, he has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.
He has an annual net profit of around two million Kuwaiti dinars after all the bribes and money he spent on gifts in exchange for facilitating transactions and paperwork to bring in workers from Bangladesh.
There are 350,000 Bangladeshis residing in Kuwait, according to the Embassy of Bangladesh.