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Anti-Corruption Commission

MP Enamul conceals wealth info

Ruling party lawmaker Enamul Haque from Rajshahi-4 constituency concealed information in his wealth statement of his properties worth over Tk 215 crore, according to findings in an Anti-Corruption Commission investigation. ACC investigation officer Jatan Kumar Roy submitted the probe report yesterday to the commission, suggesting that Enamul should be sued, said a top ACC official preferring anonymity. Earlier on September 10, Enamul's tax lawyer Kanchan Das issued a death threat to Jatan, warning him not to recommend filing any case against...

GRAFT CASES

Khaleda asked to face court Sept 22

Khaleda asked to face court Sept 22

A Dhaka court today asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to appear before it on September 22 in connection with Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Judge Bashudeb Roy of the Special Judge’s Court-3 came up with the order after rejecting two petitions filed by the defence seeking adjournment of hearing in the cases. The defence prayed to the court to adjourn the hearing until the Supreme Court decides on the leave to appeal filed by Khaleda regarding the appointment of Judge Roy, who framed charges against her in the two graft cases. On March 19, the judge indicted Khaleda, her son and BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and seven...

SC allows ACC to challenge Shahjahan Omar’s acquittal

The Supreme Court today gave permission to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to move an appeal before it against a High Court verdict that acquitted former BNP state minister Shahjahan Omar in a corruption case. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order after granting a petition filed by ACC. On August 15, 2010, the HC scrapped the jail sentence of the former state minister in the corruption case. Earlier on...

Investigators for suing AL MP Enamul

Investigators for suing AL MP Enamul

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators have recommended suing Awami League lawmaker from Rajshahi-4 Enamul Haque for earning wealth worth around Tk 216 crore by illegal means.  ACC Deputy Director Jatan Kumar Roy, who led the investigation, has made the recommendation in the probe report submitted to the anti-graft watchdog this afternoon. The investigation has found that Enamul has amassed around Tk 216 crore through illegal means. The lawmaker concealed information of around Tk 213 crore in his wealth statement submitted to the Election Commission before the January 5 parliamentary election, the report added. The investigation has found that he also amassed around Tk 2.88 crore beyond legal sources of income. Earlier on September 8, the...

CROSS TALK

ACC's Archimedean principle of fantasy

THE Anti-Corruption Commission recently reminded us of Dr. Seuss, the American writer, poet and cartoonist who said that fantasy is a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. After 20-month-long investigation, the corruption watchdog tells us it couldn't find any foul play in the Padma Bridge project. It also tells us it had no proof that the five top government officials had used their false freedom fighter certificates to take any financial advantage. ACC...

Action after ACC probe

Liberation War Affairs Minister yesterday told parliament that actions will be taken against the five government high officials, who apparently obtained fake freedom fighter's certificates after examining the Anti-Corruption Commission's probe report. Replying to lawmakers' queries, AKM Mozammel Haque said "The ministry is examining the [ACC] probe report. I want to assure the House and the people that we must cancel freedom fighter's certificates of those government officials without considering their status, if they had obtained the certificates through forged...

Fake Freedom Fighter Certificates

ACC finds ex-state minister at fault

Former state minister for Liberation War Affairs AB Tajul Islam abused his powers to illegally issue freedom fighters' certificates to five government officials last year, the Anti-Corruption Commission has found.   Irregularities were rife in the process and Tajul issued the certificates using his unilateral powers, bypassing the relevant law and the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council, commission sources said. Under the law, the ministry cannot issue any freedom fighter's certificate without the recommendation of the Council. Doing so is violation of Muktijoddha Council...

ACC finds no illegal wealth of Aslamul

ACC finds no illegal wealth of Aslamul

In yet another controversial move, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday cleared Awami League lawmaker Aslamul Haque of amassing any illegal wealth. The anti-graft body is going to do the same in case of ex-health minister Ruhal Haque, although he could not explain the huge discrepancies between his wealth statement and income tax return. The ACC opened...

Padma corruption probe laid to rest

Padma corruption probe laid to rest

In a controversial move, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday cleared all accused in the Padma bridge corruption conspiracy case though the World Bank gave the ACC primary evidence and a trial is on at a Canadian court in this connection. "None has been found guilty. The commission will submit its final report to the court,"...

4 secys guilty

4 secys guilty

Five top government officials resorted to forgery to obtain freedom fighters' certificate.    Three of them are secretaries, one is a joint secretary and the other is chairman of the privatisation commission. The Anti-Corruption Commission has found that they took the certificates illegally to extend their service period last year. ACC Deputy Director Zulfikar Ali, who investigated the five, submitted the probe report to the commission yesterday. The report recommended that the authorities revoke their certificates and take legal and departmental action against them, sources said. The five are Health Secretary Niaz Uddin Mia, Public Service Commission Secretary AKM Amir Hossain, former Liberation War Affairs secretary KH Masud Siddiqui (now an OSD), former joint...

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