The Anti-Corruption Commission has suspected irregularities in the procurement of 65 private luxury vehicles of 2500cc or above that were registered in the last five years.
The ACC also suspects that either money was laundered or taxes were evaded in the process of procuring the SUVs, a director general of the commission told New Age on Thursday.
He said that the commission spotted the SUVs from a list of about 2,600 private luxury vehicles of 2500cc or above registered with the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority.
He said that the BRTA provided the ACC with the list in the past week in response to a query made by the commission in September 2019.
After getting the list, he said, the commission assigned officials to scrutinise it and they have detected the 65 vehicles.
The procurement information of the cars seemed shady to them, he added.
He said that the team suspected the owners of the SUVs to have either laundered money or evaded large amounts in taxes during the procurement.
The ACC DG said that the commission would look into the sources of income of the owners of the vehicles.
He pointed out that the commission’s intelligence unit found that a good number of politicians, bureaucrats and businesspeople imported lavish cars and jeeps with huge amounts of money.
The intelligence unit found inconsistencies between the lifestyle and the legal income of the users of these Sports Utility Vehicles.
In September last, the commission sent a letter to the BRTA asking for information about the private luxury vehicles of 2500cc and above registered in last five years.
The commission sent the letter to the BRTA at a time when law enforcement agencies were conducting drives against gambling centres and bars and were arresting ruling Awami League’s leaders allegedly for making huge money from such illegal businesses.
In the ACC letter, signed by its director general for special investigation ANM AL Feroz, sent to the BRTA chairman, the commission asked for specific information.
It sought data about the owners of those vehicles and their engines and chassis, models, dates of import, registration numbers and dates, prices, VAT and other tax documents.
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