ACC seeks transaction details of 105 suspects

DG CIID, ICD chief, Juba League leaders on list   

Ahammad Foyez | Published: 00:54, Nov 18,2019


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday requested Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit to provide the details of transactions made through banks by 105 persons including politicians, engineers, custom officials and businessmen.

ACC director Sayed Iqbal Hossain conveyed the request to the BFIU of Bangladesh Bank in a letter and attached the list with it.

An ACC director general told New Age that these people came under the scanner after ACC launched inquiries against money makers through illegal casinos and other means on September 30.

He said that after the inquiries began many  complaints were filed in the ACC by different sources and that ACC officers also picked some of the suspects from media reports.

He said that until Sunday, a five-member team prepared the list of 105 suspects for starting the inquiries.

Initially the names of mainly ruling Awami League politicians came under the scanner and  later a group of engineers of the Public Work Department also surfaced as illegal money makers, he said.

Later, ACC sleuths found out that some of the officers of the Customs and other government departments were also involved in earning money illegally, he said.

The list contained the names of at least six  customs officials including Customs Intelligence and Investigation director general M Shahidul Islam, Dhaka Inland Container Depot commissioner M Anwar Hossain, additional commissioner Mohammad Mahmudul Hassan and assistant commissioners Kaniz Farhana Shimu, Abul Kashem Chowdhury and Tuhinul Haque.

Among the suspects were 20 PWD engineers including superintendent engineers Rokonuddin and Abdul Momen Chowdhury, executive engineers Shaukat Ullah, Abdul Kader, Afsr Uddin, Eleas Ahmed, Sawpon Chakma and Fazlul Haque.

The suspects included Bandarban based Sylvan Wye Resort and Spa Limited’s chairman Jashim Uddin, directors Fazlul Karim Chowdhury, Jamil Uddin, SHM Mohsin, Umme Habiba Nasima, Zia Uddin Abir and Jawad Uddin Abrar.

The suspected politicians included, AL MP  and suspended controversial Secchasebok League leader Pankaj Nath, immediate past  Secchasebok League treasurer KS Masudur Rahman, Dhaka South City Awami Juba League vice president Mursaliq Ahmed, Dhaka South City councillors Farid Uddin Ahmed and  Moinul Haque Manju, suspended Juba League leader Kamran Prince Mohabbat, Dhaka South City Juba League organising secretary Maksudur Rahman, Juba League leader Atiar Rahman, central Juba League organising secretary Emran Hossain Khan, member Helal Akbar Chowdhury, Juba League central leaders Shofiqul Islam, Taslim Uddin, Kaysar Ahmed and Tajul Islam Chowdhury.

The names of wives, parents and children of the ruling AL leaders were in the list as on primary inquiries the ACC detected unearned wealth in their names, said the ACC director general.

The ACC had earlier imposed bans on foreign travel by 34 suspects  mostly leaders of ruling AL and its front organizations, including  Nurunnabi Chowdhury, MP, Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, MP, and Mouazzam Hossain Ratan, MP, and the 11 PWD engineers.

Bans on their foreign travels were imposed after primary evidence was found that they were involved in money laundering and were trying to leave the country, said ACC.

The ACC’s inquiries kicked off after the RAB held drives against illegal casinos and other social crimes since September 18.

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