ACC hunts for info about wealth of Hasina, family
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued notices to all deputy commissioners (DC), land registration offices and 41 banks, asking them to report if detained former premier and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and her family members own any moveable or immovable wealth.
The ACC notices--served between September 27 and October 4--asked the authorities concerned to send reports regarding the wealth of Hasina, her husband M Wajed Miah, son Sajeeb Wajed Joy and daughter Sayema Wajed by October 18.
The DCs of 64 districts have been instructed to scrutinise documents and evidence to examine if Hasina and her three family members own any movable and immovable property in areas under their supervision. The district land registration offices were asked to examine documents regarding ownership of land.
The notices to the managing directors of 41 banks asked to find out if they have any savings or fixed deposit accounts in the name of the former premier and her family members. The banks were also asked to see if there is any investment or share in their names.
Hasina submitted her statement of wealth worth about Tk 3.10 crore to jail authorities on September 2 after a twenty-day legal debate in the higher court over the legality of ACC's issuing the notice upon her regarding submission of wealth statement.
The Supreme Court on August 27 stayed a High Court order that had imposed a freeze on the operation of the ACC notice for Hasina to declare her wealth.
Following a writ petition filed by Hasina, the High Court on August 7 halted the operation of the ACC notice.
Hasina was arrested on July 16 and the ACC served the notice on July 17 giving seven working days to submit the wealth statement.
According to the ACC rules, a person will be punished with a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment if the person is found guilty of suppressing information in the wealth statement submitted to the commission.