POST TIME: 17 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 November, 2019 10:06:58 PM
45 AL, affiliate body leaders now under ACC scanner
ACC probing wealth of 118 politicians, businessmen, govt officials as part of cleansing drive

45 AL, affiliate body leaders now under ACC scanner

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigating several ruling party leaders, including Juba League presidium members Sheikh Fazlur Rahman Maruf, Barisal lawmaker Pankaj Nath and ousted Chhatra League leaders Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon and Golamn Rabbani.

ACC sources said they are investigating the wealth of at least 45 ruling party leaders of different ranks and positions. The Independent came to know from an ACC source that as of now, as part of the ongoing cleansing campaign, the ACC is carrying out investigations against at least 118 people, including politicians, businessmen and government officials.

At a programme on a private television channel on Friday, ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood said the graft watchdog has been dealing with corruption allegations against about a dozen ruling party men.

“In my view, some 10 to 15 ruling party men are under prosecution, investigation and inquiry,” he said, adding that in total the number of people under their scanner is over 130. The ACC chief, however, did not disclose what level of the ruling party the men belong to. His comments came against criticism that the graft watchdog hardly plays any strong role when allegations are raised against ruling party men and that it cannot take action against any “big fish”.

Talking to The Independent, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, ACC public relations officer, said the commission has launched probes against these high-profile persons on the basis of serious allegations against them.

The ACC has no pick-and-choose option for the investigation, as it is now conducting the investigation against all those who fall under the ACC’s "grading system", he said.

Explaining the grading system, he said if anyone raises any allegation against any person, the commission places the allegation in its new format of investigation system to find out the result. If the score is more than 75 per cent, the commission starts the investigation without any delay, he noted.

Last month, the ACC sent letters to the

National Board of Revenue and BFIU, seeking information on the assets and bank details of more than 100 people

“The letter, signed by ACC director-general (DG) (special investigation unit), Sayeed Mahbub Khan, has been sent to the general manager of the BFIU,” said Bhattacharya.

“The ACC has requested the BFIU in its letter, to provide details of bank accounts and actual financial transactions of those individuals,” he added.

The financial intelligence unit froze the accounts as part of the government’s ongoing drive against the illegal casino business, gambling and corruption.