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Casino Scam

ACC asks 8 to submit wealth info

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:34, Oct 18,2020 | Updated: 00:32, Oct 19,2020

 
 

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday served notices to eight people seeking their wealth statements in 21 working days as part of its ongoing inquiry against casino operators in the country.

The eight people are — youth and sports ministry joint chief M Sajjadul Islam, Public Works Department deputy assistant director Mohammad Ali Akbar Sarkar, Tangail district food inspector Muhammad Khurshed Alam, Dhaka South City Corporation tax officer (current charge) Sheikh Kuddes Ahmed, Munshiganj Juba League leader Jakir Hossain, his brothers Abdus Salam and Moazzem Hossain and Jatiya Sangsad whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury’s personal assistant M Nur Ur Rashid Chowdhury.

ACC director Sayed Iqbal Hossain sent the notices to the persons after its primary inquires found the people making illegal money through casinos, ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told reporters.

After initiating inquiries against casino operators and illegal moneymakers in September last year, the commission prepared a list of at least 160 people involved in illegal earning through casinos and other ways.

It also collected information about the people from different authorities, including the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit and National Board of Revenue.

The commission launched the inquiry following a government drive against illegal casinos and other social crimes, beginning on September 18.

The commission already prosecuted 25 people in 22 cases for accumulating illegal wealth.

Of them, 19 were arrested, three were released on bail while three others remained absconding, said the ACC officials.

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