Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Wednesday asked commission officials concerned to complete by June 30 ongoing inquiries into offshore investments of Bangladeshi companies and individuals named in Panama and Paradise papers.
Iqbal issued the instructions at a meeting at his office attended by commission secretary, the six director generals and two of the 12 directors, said a director general of the commission.
He said that Iqbal asked the officials to notify people, named in the Panama and Paradise papers, asking for their wealth statement and to find out their assets.
The commission chairman also ordered that inquiry officers should drop the inquiries if they found no sufficient evidences to prove the allegations, said the director general.
Commission officials have been inquiring into the allegations since 2016 after the Panama Papers leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, better known as ICIJ.
In early 2018, the commission said that it decided to start separate inquiries to find out assets of Bangladeshis who made offshore investments for tax evasion.
Commission officials said that the decision was prompted by leaked documents of the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers.
The commission decided to institute the new inquiries as it could make no headway in the inquires it began taking the clue from the leaked Panama Papers, commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood told New Age in February.
Already, the commission has so far summoned and interrogated 18 Bangladeshis, who according to the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers made offshore investments, for interrogation, said officials.
Commission intelligence officials said that during interrogations, nine of the 18 claimed that they had made the offshore investments from their overseas earnings not by siphoning money from Bangladesh.
At the meeting, the chairman asked commission officials to concentrate on inquiry and investigation as the commission was not only an institution for preventive work.
Recently the commission’s role was criticised by the campaigners against corruption for giving its highest effort on preventive activities while it was the only institution for legal actions against corruption.
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