The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has officially charged Waqf Bangladesh Assistant Administrator Motahar Hossain for taking bribe.
The ACC approved the submission of the charge sheet against Motahar under Section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 and Section 161 of the Penal Code on Monday.
ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told the Dhaka Tribune: “After arresting Motahar, Deputy Assistant Director of ACC combined district office Dhaka 1, Md Najim Uddin, filed a case with Ramna police station. The charge sheet will be submitted at the court soon.”
Motahar was caught red-handed while taking bribe at his New Eskaton office on November 5, 2017. He was arrested by an ACC team led by Dhaka divisional office Director Nasim Anwar.
Sources at the ACC said they first heard of Motahar’s corruption when Md Faruk Hossain, member of Motaoally Baghoir Jame Mosque, tipped them off.
Faruk said he wanted to sell 0.94 acre of the mosque’s land. When he applied to the Office of the Administrator of Waqf Bangladesh for permission on August 1, 2013, Motahar demanded Tk5 lakh in exchange for his approval.
Faruk agreed to pay in four instalments, and paid him Tk50,000 on November 5.
However, he made sure to inform the ACC about Motahar's corruption via their hotline.
The team caught Motahar while taking the bribe from Faruk. Later, they discovered Tk79,000 more from Motahar's cabinet in his office.