Corruption Allegations: BFIU seeks Sayeed Khokon’s bank account details
Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit yesterday asked banks to provide detailed information of accounts and transactions of Sayeed Khokon, former mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation.
The intelligence agency, dedicated to tackling money laundering and terrorist financing, asked the banks to provide information within three working days.
Despite repeated attempts, The Daily Star could not reach Khokon for comments.
Earlier on June 27, a Dhaka court ordered to freeze eight bank accounts of Sayeed Khokon and three of his family members -- wife Farhana Alam, sister Shahana Hanif and mother Fatema Hanif -- as part of investigation into allegation of amassing illegal wealth.
Of them, three accounts belong to Khokon's business firms, two belong to his wife, two belong to his sister, and one belongs to his mother.
After the court order, Khokon at a press conference at National Press Club blamed the current DSCC mayor -- Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh -- for the order.
Khokon said he believes Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), after being instigated by Taposh, sought the court's permission to freeze their bank accounts.
"To divert attention from his utter failure as a mayor, Taposh is harassing me," Khokon said.
"We will fight it legally, and if necessary, we will go for protests again," he added.
If the bank accounts, which contain Tk 7.62 crore, remain frozen, they will not be able to pay utility bills and employees of their family business during the pandemic, Khokon said.
He requested ACC to restore their accounts through courts.