The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday initiated an inquiry against independent lawmaker from Lakshmipur 2 constituency and NRB Commercial Bank Ltd director Mohammad Shahid Islam on charge of his alleged involvement in accumulation of illegal wealth through money laundering.
The inquiry against the Kuwait-based businessman was initiated after a following a 174-page complaint was filed with the commission, said ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.
The inquiry launched the against the businessman 10 days after road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said that legal steps would be taken over the allegations of human trafficking against independent lawmaker from Lakshmipur 2.
Obaidul said that he would request the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the matter as per the prime minister’s stance against corruption.
Arab Times of Kuwait reported on February 13 that a Bangladesh parliamentarian ‘is believed to be involved in visa trade in Kuwait’ and he was one of the three-man gang sought by the security authorities of Kuwait.
Describing the Bangladesh MP as a ‘fugitive’ person, it said he has given five expensive cars in gifts to senior government officials of Kuwait to get several government contracts.
He allegedly transferred most of his wealth to the US and entered into a business partnership with a US citizen.
He began work in Kuwait as a supervisor of cleaning workers in one of the major companies and became a partner in the company, the newspaper reported.
The ‘parliamentarian’ deliberately submitted bids for tenders even though he knew the project would not yield profit.
He received huge sum of money through intermediaries and the money is deposited in accounts outside Kuwait, it added.
Some of the affected workers documented video and audio proof to show they paid money to his company employees to help them transfer their residence permit to other companies, the report said.
The Kuwait Criminal Investigation Department is in the process of summoning those company officials for interrogation after completing the legal procedures.
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