ACC presses charges against JP MP Firoz for grabbing land in Dhaka
The Anti-Corruption Commission today pressed charges against lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid, also a presidium member of Jatiya Party, for grabbing government land in Dhanmondi area of Dhaka.
Md Jahangir Alam, deputy director of the ACC and also investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka. Fifteen people were shown as prosecution witnesses.
The IO said the charges brought against the accused was primarily proven and he should be brought under trial.
The case against Firoz Rashid was filed with Tejgaon Shilpanchal Police Station on April 5, 2016.
According to the first information report (FIR), a government house on one-bigha land in Dhanmondi residential area was allocated to the then Canadian High Commissioner Mohammad Ali on November 3, 1951.
Later in 1970, the authorities concerned gave approval to hand over the land to inheritors of Zulfikar Ali -- his second wife, son and daughter -- and mutation of the land was made to their names.
On May 22, 1970, the ministry concerned also gave approval to hand over the land to them.
But, according to the FIR, Kazi Firoz grabbed the land (Road No 2, House No-65 in Dhanmondi) in August 1979, by preparing fake documents.
In August 2015, the ACC initiated a probe against Kazi Firoz and interrogated him on August 13, 2015.
Firoz Rashid secured bail from the High Court later.