AK Azad now summoned by ACC over ‘illegal wealth’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Mar 22,2018 | Updated: 00:08, Mar 22,2018

 
 

AK Azad

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday summoned Ha-Meem Group managing director and former FBCCI president AK Azad for interrogation over his alleged illegal wealth.
The anti-graft body took the move just a day after the Rajdhani Unnyan Katripakkha demolished a portion of Azad’s Gulshan house in Dhaka citing the ground of not having any approved design of the building.
The commission director, Meer M Joynul Abidin Shibli, sent the notice to Azad asking him to appear before the commission to face its interrogation on April 3, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhatacharjee.
He said the commission initiated the inquiry against the former president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on October 2017 following an allegation that he accumulated huge illegal wealth by evading tax and VAT.
The ACC officials said ACC had already collected information over the allegation from different sources and its interrogator would try to verify the information during the interrogation.
They said Azad, also publisher of the Daily Samakal and managing director of private television channel Channel 24, allegedly invested in Hong Kong, Singapore and London without approval.
On Tuesday, Rajuk demolished a portion of the two-storey house of AK Azad at Gulshan claiming that the house was built without Rajuk’s approved design, an allegation denied by Azad.
Rajuk officials said in 2006, Azad bought the two-storey house on a one bigha plot on Road No. 86 of Gulshan from a British company.
Meanwhile, in a written statement of Ha-Meem Group, its managing director AK Azad said a team of Rajuk started demolishing his house with an excavator, claiming that he did not have any approved design for the house.
Despite showing all legal documents of the house, the team continued the demolition, he said, adding that they knocked down a portion of the house was by 1:00pm.
He said the demolition work stopped when he showed all valid documents, including approved design and mutation, of the house to the chairman of Rajuk.

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