Tk 6.24cr graft case: Court frames charges against Papia, her husband

A Dhaka court today framed charges against Jubo Mohila League’s expelled leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon in a case filed over amassing about Tk 6.24 crore illegally.

Papia and Sumon, now in jail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after Judge Muhammad Ali Hussain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka read out the charges to them.

Earlier in the day, the judge dismissed the petition submitted for discharging the couple from the charges.

The judge fixed December 22 for starting a trial of the case.

On March 30, the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Deputy Director Shahin Ara Momtaz, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Senior Special Judge’s Court.

The ACC filed the case against the couple with its Integrated District Office-1 of Dhaka on August 4 last year.

According to the case statement, Papia paid over Tk 3.23 crore cash to the Westin hotel for services between October 12, 2019, and February 22, 2020.

On October 12 last year, the couple was jailed for 20 years in another case filed for possessing illegal firearms.