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ACC seeks info on 400 frozen bank accounts

  • Published at 06:44 pm October 30th, 2019
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Earlier on Monday, ACC sent letters to the National Board of Revenue and BFIU, seeking information on the assets and bank details of more than one hundred people

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sent a letter to the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) seeking information on the bank accounts of 400 individuals which were earlier frozen by the central bank.

“The letter, signed by ACC Director General (DG) (special investigation unit) Sayeed Mahbub Khan, has been sent to the general manager of BFIU,” ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

"The ACC has requested the BFIU in its letter, to provide the details of bank accounts and actual financial transactions of those individuals,” ACC DG Sayeed said.

"We have requested BFIU to provide us with the information on an emergency basis," he added.

The financial intelligence unit froze the accounts as part of the government’s ongoing drive against illegal casino businesses, gambling, and corruption, a top BFIU official said.

Earlier on Monday, ACC sent letters to the National Board of Revenue and BFIU, seeking information on the assets and bank details of more than one hundred people. Of these, most are politicians, including four government MPs. 

By this time the NBR has sought information about their assets and bank accounts.

The anti graft body has launched investigations against anyone who has amassed illegal money irrespective of their political affiliation, the ACC source added.

Crackdown on casinos

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) started a drive against illegal casino businesses on 18 September from the Young Men’s Fakirerpool Club and detained Dhaka south city Jubo League organising secretary (later expelled) Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan.

The drives against casinos saw the arrest of contractor SM Golam Kibria Shamim alias GK Shamim, Mohammedan Club’s director in-charge, Md Lukman Hossain Bhuiyan, Dhaka south Jubo League president Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, Samrat’s associate Enamul Haque Arman, Kalabagan Krira Chakra’s president Shafiqul Alam Firoz, online casino businessman Selim Prodhan, and ward councillors Habibur Rahman Mizan and Tarekuzzaman Rajib.

The arrested persons have reportedly amassed huge amounts of money by illegal means and laundered the money abroad. They have disclosed the names of members of parliament, politicians and government officials, among others, as their backers.

ACC forms 5 member committee

On September 30, the ACC formed a five member committee led by its director Syed Iqbal Hossain, to investigate the illegal wealth of the accused. Later, two more members were added to the team. Th chiefs of RAB and the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) met ACC chairman and provided intelligence on the accused persons.

Investigating the allegations further, ACC has already filed four cases against GK Shamim, Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, Gandaria Awami League vice president Enamul Haque Enu, and his brother, joint secretary Rupon Bhuiyan.

ACC sources say they have made a list of around 100 persons for investigation and more names are being added every day.

The anti graft body will launch investigations against anyone who has amassed illegal money irrespective of their political affiliation, the ACC source added.

Allegations against accused persons

ACC, in coordination with RAB and BFIU, is investigating the allegations. 

Sources said ACC will investigate illegal wealth amassing and money laundering. RAB and BFIU will work according to their respective mandates.

The accused so far are:  Bhola-3 Lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shawon, Sunamganj-1 Lawmaker Moazzem Hossain Ratan, Expelled Dhaka South city Jubo League President Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, Dhaka South city Jubo League’s expelled Vice President Enamul Haque Arman, Businessman Golam Kibria Shamim (GK Shamim), Jubo League leader Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan, the Public Works department’s former Chief Engineer Rafiqul Islam and Additional Chief Engineer Abdul Hai, former NRB Global Bank Managing Director Prashant Kumar Haldar, expelled office secretary of Jubo League Kazi Anisur Rahman, two shareholders of the Dhaka Wanderers Club’s casino, Enamul Haque Enu and Rupon Bhuiyan, Mohammedan Club’s director in-charge Lukman Hossain Bhuiyan, Kalabagan Krira Chakra Club President Shafiqul Alam Feroz, Online Casino businessman Selim Prodhan, and Dhaka city south Jubo League’s joint secretary, AKM Mominul Haque Sayeed.