Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) today pressed charges against BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain in a money laundering case.
ACC director Nasim Anwar, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka.
The former health and family welfare minister is now in jail in connection with the case.
Earlier on August 7, the ACC approved the charge sheet in the case, which was filed on February 6 this year for siphoning off over Tk 9.53 crore to the United Kingdom.
ACC probes found that BNP leader Mosharraf amassed the amount by committing corruption during his stint as health minister from 2001 to 2006.
However, Mosharraf told the investigation officer that he earned the money while studying in the UK between 1970 and 1975 but he failed to show any document about how he had earned the money.
According to the charge sheet, Mosharraf and his wife Bilkis Akhter deposited the money in a joint account--108492-- with Lloyds TSB Offshore Private Banking, St Peterport, UK.
It also found that the bank account was opened after 1994 using a diplomatic passport.
The couple violated a rule of Bangladesh Bank that says every citizen needs the bank's permission to open an account with any foreign bank, said an ACC official.
Bilkis's name is not included in the charge sheet as her involvement was not found, said a source at the ACC.