In a probe report, UGC says Prof Sobhan laundered billions of taka and amassed illegal wealth by recruiting hundreds in the university
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked for bank accounts and other financial information of former Rajshahi University vice-chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan and his four other family members.
Their details were sought in a letter issued by the NBR's central intelligence cell (CIC) on Monday after allegations of their involvement in irregularities, corruption, and appointment scam.
Following the government probe committee recommendations, the CIC asked banks and NBFIs to provide the information with details of current accounts, savings accounts, term loan accounts, foreign currency accounts, credit card, locker, savings and investment schemes, beneficiary owners’ accounts or any other account, including dormant ones, maintained by Prof Sobhan and his wife Monowara Sobhan, son Mushfique Sobhan, daughter Sanjana Sobhan, and son-in-law ATM Shahed Parvez since July 1, 2014, within seven working days.
If they fail to submit their wealth statement on due time, they will be fined Tk25,000, Tk500 for each day of delay, and jail terms, read the letter.
The Education Ministry on May 6 formed the four-member probe body headed by University Grants Commission (UGC) Member Dr Muhammed Alamgir to investigate the allegations against Prof Sobhan regarding irregularities, corruption and appointment scam.
They submitted the full report to the ministry and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday.
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The report says that the committee members found evidence of Prof Sobhan laundering billions of taka and amassing illegal wealth by recruiting hundreds in the university.
Prof Sobhan is also a citizen of Australia. So, he may flee the country anytime to escape legal actions, according to a recommendation of the probe body.