ACC asks for  details of 400 accounts

Bans foreign travel by 9 PWD engineers, 2 others

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Oct 31,2019


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday in a letter requested the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit to provide details of over 400 accounts of individuals and organizations reportedly frozen by the Bangladesh Bank.

The ACC also banned foreign travels by 10 current and former engineers of the Public Works Department and a Planning Ministry official who had allegedly taken bribes from the controversial contractor GK Shamim.

The letter was signed by ACC director general Sayeed Mahbub Khan said that the ACC had come to know that the BFIU had frozen over 400 accounts since the drive against corruption had begun.

It said as the ACC was also investigating the matter to find out the names of the individuals and organizations and the details of their transactions.

In a separate letter signed by ACC director Sayed Iqbal Hossain informed the Special Branch that it found primary evidences that 10 PWD engineers and a Planning Ministry official  were trying to leave the country after taking  bribes from GK Shamim. They include, PWD suspended additional chief engineer Utpal Kumar Dey,  executive engineers Swapan Chakma, Mohammad Showkat Ullah, Mohammad Fazlul Hoque, Abdul Kader Chowdhury,  Md Afsar Uddin and Md Ilias Ahmed superintendent engineers Abdul Momen Chowdhury and Md Rokon Uddin and engineer Sajjadul Islam and Planning Ministry senior assistant chief Mumitur Rahman.

The letter said that the people accumulated huge illegal wealth by taking bribe and from the  illegal casinos.

On October 24, the commission banned foreign travels by  22 people, mostly of leaders of ruling Awami League and its front organizations, including Nurunnabi Chowdhury, MP,  and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, MP.

The travel ban was imposed after primary evidence was found that they were involved in money laundering and were trying to leave the country, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

Names of the 22 people came under the ACC’s  scanners for the inquiries it began following the government’s crackdown against illegal casinos and money making through unlawful means.

Besides the two AL MPs, the 22  includes,  controversial contractors — SM Golam Kibria Shamim, suspended Juba League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, suspended Juba League Dhaka South City unit president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, expelled Juba League leader Enamul Haque Arman, Dhaka North City Corporation’s ward councillor and Mohammadpur unit Awami League general secretary Habibur Rahman Mizan, suspended Juba League office secretary Kazi Anisur Rahman and his wife Sumi Rahman, Dhaka South City Corporation ward councillor and removed Arambagh Krira Sangha chief AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed, ruling Awami League’s Gandaria thana unit vice-president Enamul Haque Enu and its joint general secretary Rupan Bhuiyan, Mohammedan Sporting Club director-in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, his wife Nabila Lokman, Samrat’s associates Jakir Hossain and Muhammad Shafiqul Islam, former Public Works Department chief engineer Mohammad Rafiqul Islam and its current additional chief engineer M Abdul Hye, Japan-Bangladesh Security  Printing and Papers Limited director Selim Pradhan, Dhaka Wonders Club employee Abul Kalam Azad, businessmen M Shafiqul Islam and Proshanta Kumar Halder.

Most of the 22 people had been arrested by the RAB for running illegal casinos and amassing  illegal wealth.

On October 25, the commission also imposed a travel ban on Mouazzam Hossain Ratan,MP, from Sunamganj.

The National Board of Revenue has frozen banks the accounts of some of them and a search is on against others.

On September 30, the commission launched inquiries to detect the illegal wealth of the people involved in the unauthorised casino operations and other illegal businesses.

During the crackdown against corruption and illegal money making that began on September 18, 276 people, mostly leaders and activists of the Awami League and its front organizations,  were arrested.

Of them, 223 were arrested in the capital and 53 others from elsewhere.

The RAB, the police and the Narcotics Department conducted 49 drives at 22 sporting and recreation clubs, five bars, three spas and other places including residences and offices of leaders of AL and its front organisations.

On allegations of involvement in  irregularities, Awami Juba League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury and Awami Swechchhasebak League president Molla Md Abu Kawsar were removed from their posts.

Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit has frozen bank accounts of Aziz Mohammad Bhai for 30 days.

In a letter issued on Monday, the BFIU  instructed all the scheduled banks to freeze bank accounts of individuals and entities affiliated to Aziz Muhammad Bhai.

The BFIU instruction came hours after the Department of Narcotics Control officials on Monday filed two cases with the Gulshan police station in connection with the seizure of a huge cache of drugs and casino tools during Sunday’s raid on the Gulshan house of businessman Aziz Muhammad Bhai.

Aziz Muhammad Bhai, also a film producer,  was not named in any of the cases.

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