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12:00 AM, July 31, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:04 AM, July 31, 2020

Graft in Medical Equipment Procurement

ACC asks BB to freeze Munsi Sazzad’s accounts

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has requested Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of Bangladesh Bank to freeze all bank accounts National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH)'s Administrative Officer Munsi Sazzad Hossain and his two brothers.

In a letter, ACC's deputy assistant director Mohammad Shahjahan Meraz yesterday also asked BFIU to prevent the trio from liquidating FDRs and saving certificates.

Sazzad and his brothers – Munsi Faruk Hossain, proprietor of Ahmed Enterprise and Abdulla Al Mamun, proprietor of Anik Traders – are already accused in a graft case filed in 2019.

On June 21, the High Court (HC) granted bail to Sazzad and Mamun in the case.

There are allegations against the brothers of amassing wealth beyond the known source of income through supplying sub-standard equipment and machines to hospitals.

The Commission is now enquiring into their illegal wealth and came to know that the brothers are trying to transfer their money to obliterate the trace of the illegal funds.

"While enquiring, we noticed that they [Faruk and his brothers] are trying to transfer their money. That's why we've asked Bangladesh Bank to freeze all of their accounts," said Meraz to the correspondent.

Specifying an FDR worth Tk 9 crore belonging to Faruk with Prime Bank's Ibrahimpur Branch, ACC asked BFIU to freeze it.

Earlier this month, Director General of Health Services black listed 14 medical equipment supplying farms. Ahmed Enterprise and Anik Traders are among the 14 black listed suppliers.

In 2019, the High Court (HC) ordered ACC to enquire into gross anomalies in the procurement of medical equipment for Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH).

Record shows, in September 2014, M/S Anik Traders, owned by Sazzad and Mamun, was awarded a tender for the procurement of medical equipment for ICU of FMCH.

 Anik Traders supplied FMCH the required machines and equipment on December 9 and December 20 of the same year, according to the FIR.

The trader then submitted a bill of Tk 10 crore. This was, however, rejected by the DGHS at the last minute for being "inflated".

MS Anik Traders in June 2017 moved a petition with the High Court against the DGHS for withholding the payment.

After scrutinising the documents submitted by DGHS and Anik Traders, the HC bench found gross anomalies and directed the ACC to launch an investigation.

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