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Bobby Hajjaj reportedly does not own a house

  • Published at 07:48 pm February 5th, 2019
File photo of Bobby Hajjaj Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

His yearly income is reportedly only Tk3,27,250 at NSU

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral candidate Bobby Hajjaj, son of well-known tycoon Musa Bin Shamser, does not have a registered house of his own, according to the affidavit he submitted to the Election Commission on January 30.

In it, he reports a monthly income of Tk27,270 as a full time lecturer and researcher in strategy science at North South University (NSU). He cites an additional Tk12,412 from external sources, even though he is a director with 500 shares in his billionaire father’s DATCO group.

When asked, Bobby Hajjaj told the Dhaka Tribune that his only source of income is from teaching.

“I am a director at my father’s business but I do not earn an income there. My only source of income is my teaching profession,” adding that he also does not own a house.

Hajjaj is a son of billionaire Moosa Bin Shamsher, chairman and CEO of DATCO Group, who reportedly has $12bn deposited with swiss banks.

Bobby Hajjaj from the National Democratic Party is one of six DNCC mayoral candidates contesting the seat left behind by late Annisul Huq.  The other contestants are Atiqul Islam from Awami League, Shafin Ahmed from Jatiya Party, Shahin Khan from Progressive Democratic Party, Anisur Rahman from National People’s Party, and independent candidate Abdur Rahim.

The election is on February 28.

Among other assets, Hajjaj has reported Tk54,10,086 cash in a checking account, and his wife has Tk45,000.

He owns a car valued at Tk12,50,000. He also reported having Tk13,38,640 in banks and financial institutions. His wife has 100 bhori gold valued atTk40 lakh. He did not mention any movable assets.

Hajjaj graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Political Science. He spent two years at Oxford University, where he first did his MBA (2006) and then pursued post-graduate research in Strategy Science.

Earlier he was special adviser to Hussain Muhammad Ershad.