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ACC didn't pay any money to PM's special assistant'

Update : 31 Jul 2013, 11:20 AM

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday denied giving Tk13m to Ferdous Ahmed Khan, special assistant to the prime minister, from the commission account in ""reward"" as he had reportedly helped in the recovery of Tk131.5m that Arafat Rahman Koko siphoned off to Singapore.

The graft watchdog last year brought back the said amount that Koko, the youngest son of the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, laundered during the tenure of BNP-led four-party alliance government from 2001-2006.

Quoting the commission's chairman M Badiuzzman, an English daily on Wednesday reported that Tk13m was given to Ferdous Ahmed Khan as reward on government approval.

However, on Wednesday, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattachariya told reporters that the commission did not pay any amount to Ferdous.

Pranab, who read out a written statement of the ACC chairman, however, admitted that Ferdous had filed an application with the commission for "reward" for his services in the recovery of Koko's laundered money.

The PRO did not mention the percentage sought by Ferdous of the total amount repatriated. It was reported that Ferdous sought for 30% of the recovered amount.

Pranab said Ferdous' consulting firm "Octokhan" has been providing different services to the graft watchdog, especially with issues related to bringing back laundered money from abroad.

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