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21 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Illegal earnings

ACC draws up list of 159

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has made a list of 159 people involved in illegal earnings through casinos and other means, the anti-graft body’s chairman Iqbal Mahmood said yesterday. The ACC chief also hinted that the list has been getting longer as the commission is receiving complaints almost every day from different sources, including media reports. Mahmood was talking to reporters at his office in the afternoon.

The anti-watchdog body chief also said that the commission has sent a list of 105 people to the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit, requesting that their bank transaction details be provided. “We have also requested the BFIU to provide information of accounts of 400 individuals, which were earlier frozen by the central bank,” the ACC chief noted.

He said that at least Tk. 15,000 crore were recovered in the banking sector for direct or indirect moves of the commission in the last three-and-a-half years. He also said the commission would complete 15 years on Thursday as November 21 is the founding anniversary of the ACC. He further said during these 15 years, the commission filed 5,530 cases, submitted 5,895 charge-sheets and 4,098 final reports before courts.

He said the commission would show no mercy to a corrupt person, as it has adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" against corruption. On October 28, the ACC sent letters to the National Board of Revenue and the BFIU, seeking information on the assets and bank details of more than one hundred people. Most of them are politicians, including four ruling party MPs. By this time the NBR has sought information about their assets and bank accounts.

The anti-graft body has launched investigations against anyone who has amassed illegal wealth, irrespective of the person’s political affiliation, ACC sources said.

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