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ACC summons Ha-Meem Group’s MD over illegal wealth

  • Published at 10:39 pm March 21st, 2018
ACC summons Ha-Meem Group’s MD over illegal wealth
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned Ha-Meem Group Managing Director (MD) and former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) AK Azad on Wednesday. The anti-graft watchdog called for the motion in response to allegations that AK Azad had illegally amassed wealth. ACC Director Meer Joynal Abedin Shibli sent the notice that said AK Azad will have to appear at the ACC headquarters on April 3, ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told Dhaka Tribune. Sources at the ACC said the commission took the initiative to look into assets of the former president of the FBCCI in October 2017 following an allegation that he accumulated a vast amount illegal wealth by evading taxes. Mr AK Azad is the managing director of one of the country's leading conglomerates Ha-Meem Group, a company that owns two media outlets. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) demolished part of Azad’s two-storey house in the Gulshan area of the capital, claiming that the house was set up without the approval of Rajuk. According the statements of Rajuk officials in 2006, Azad bought the two storey house on a one bigha plot on Road 86 of Gulshan from a company of British origin. ACC sources said, on October 10, 2017 the organization conducted a drive at Azad's Phoenix Tower office after being tipped off about his embezzlement. The sources also said several allegations were made against him of making fake documents including those enabling him to occupy illegal land totalling to around 15 acres in the Naya Paltan area of the capital.