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31 October, 2019 12:36:55 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 31 October, 2019 12:07:51 PM

Give information on 400 bank accounts

ACC asks Bangladesh Bank
Give information on 400 bank accounts

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday wrote to the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), asking it to give details of 400 accounts of individuals and organisations, which were reportedly frozen by the Bangladesh Bank. Besides, the commission imposed a travel ban on 10 current and former officials of the Public Works Department and an official of the Planning Ministry.

In a letter, sent to the Bangladesh Bank and signed by the ACC director general, Sayeed Mahbub Khan, the commission said it had come to know that the BFIU had frozen over 400 accounts of different individuals and organisations since the on-going drive against corruption.

It said as the ACC is also investigating the matter, it needs the names of the individuals and organizations with details of transactions. In another letter, sent to the special branch of the police and signed by the ACC director, Sayed Iqbal Hossain, the commission said it found primary evidence that the 11 persons were trying to leave the country as they had allegedly taken bribes from the controversial contactor, SM Golam Kibria Shamim.

The 11 persons are PWD suspended additional chief engineer Utpal Kumar Dey, its executive engineers Swapan Chakma, Mohammad Showkat Ullah, Mohammad Fazlul Hoque, Abdul Kader Chowdhury,  Md Afsar Uddin and Md Ilias Ahmed superintendent engineers Abdul Momen Chowdhury and Md Rokon Uddin and its staff Sajjadul Islam and Planning Ministry senior assistant chief Mumitur Rahman.

The letter said these people had accumulated huge illegal wealth by taking bribes and were involved in illgal casino business. On October 24, the commission imposed a ban on foreign travel of 22 people, consisting mostly of leaders of the Awami League and its fronts, including members of Parliament Nurunnabi Chowdhury and Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury. The travel ban was imposed after primary evidence was found that they were involved in money laundering and were trying to leave the country, said the commission’s public relations officer, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

Names of the 22 people came under the ACC scanner after it recently launched inquiries following the government’s crackdown against illegal casinos and money making through unlawful means.

The rest 20 are controversial contractors SM Golam Kibria Shamim, suspended Juba League leader Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, suspended Juba League Dhaka South City unit president Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, expelled Juba League leader Enamul Haque Arman, Dhaka North City Corporation’s ward councillor and Mohammadpur unit Awami League general secretary Habibur Rahman Mizan, suspended Juba League office secretary Kazi Anisur Rahman and his wife Sumi Rahman, Dhaka South City Corporation ward councillor and removed Arambagh Krira Sangha chief AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed, ruling Awami League’s Gandaria thana unit vice-president Enamul Haque Enu and its joint general secretary Rupan Bhuiyan, Mohammedan Sporting Club director in-charge Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, his wife Nabila Lokman, Samrat’s associates Jakir Hossain and Muhammad Shafiqul Islam, former Public Works Department chief engineer Mohammad Rafiqul Islam and its current additional chief engineer M Abdul Hye, Japan-Bangladesh Security  Printing and Papers Limited director Selim Pradhan, Dhaka Wonders Club employee Abul Kalam Azad, businessmen M Shafiqul Islam and Proshanta Kumar Halder.

Most of the 22 people have already been arrested by law enforcement agencies for their alleged involvement in illegal casino business and amassing money in other illegal ways.

Recently, the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) directed all scheduled banks to send account details of a score of influential persons, including a ruling party lawmaker, a controversial Jubo League leader and their wives, and two former top government officials.

BFIU chief Abu Hena Mohd Razee Hassan said banks have already been served orders to comply. Accounts being investigated include those of Awami League lawmaker from Bhola 3, Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon, his wife Farzana Chowdhury Ratna, Jubo League’s Dhaka south unit President Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat, and his wife (name unavailable), and former chief engineer and additional chief engineer of the Public Works Department (PWD), Rafiqul Islam and Abdul Hai, respectively. Razee Hassan said the BFIU served orders on banks in response to requests from law enforcement agencies and the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

He, however, declined to disclose the names, but hinted they included political personalities and government officials. The scanning of their bank accounts came following a government sponsored drive conducted by security officials from September 18 to nab drug lords and casino operators and their godfathers.

On September 18, law enforcement agencies launched drives against illegal casinos and illegal bars in the capital. Several leaders of the Awami League’s youth front, the Jubo League, and others were arrested for involvement in casino and other illegal businesses.

In the massive drive, RAB picked up Jubo League’s Dhaka south unit organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan and controversial businessman GK Shamim and Jubo league south unit secretary, Ismail Hossain Samrat, and some other Awami League leaders and casino businessmen.





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