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ACC sues another casino businessman

  • Published at 09:37 pm December 19th, 2019
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Saheedul Haque was enlisted in the initial list created by ACC in early stage of their operation against illegal casino businessmen

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against businessman Saheedul Haque, who amassed illegal wealth worth over Tk13 crore, in connection with the casino business. 

ACC Assistant Director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury filed the case at the Integrated District Office 1 in Dhaka on Thursday, confirmed ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

Several sources said businessman Saheedul Haque's name came up after the news of a bank receiving Tk14 crore was published. He was also enlisted in the initial list created by ACC in early stages of their operation against illegal casino businessmen.

Saheedul Haque lives in the United States and is the nephew of another businessman--Aziz Mohammad Bhai, the sources added.

According to the case filed, in his income tax return file in 2017-18 fiscal year, Saheedul Haque showed an investment of Tk10,100,000 in 101,000 shares of Crystal Bridge Private. However, he failed to show the source of this income to ACC.

Further, Saheedul showed immovable wealth of Tk6,140,060 in his various bank accounts. The commission with help from Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) found out that he actually has an immovable wealth of Tk86,399,087 with non-valid sources of income.  

The ACC has also found his movable wealth of Tk26,261,488 which he showed as Tk23,880,357 adding to his total illegal amassed wealth of Tk136,540,932. 

On September 30, the ACC launched operations against illegal casino businessmen and gamblers. The commission has filed 19 cases after its operation charged people who amassed illegal wealth. 

Those who have been sued earlier are - Contractor GK Shamim, expelled Jubo League leader Khaled Mahmood Bhuiyan, Awami League leader Enamul Haque Enu and his brother Rupan Bhuiyan, Online Casino Kingpin Selim Pradhan, BCB director Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, Kalabagan Sporting Club President  Shafiqul Alam Firoz, Councilor Habibur Rahman Mizan, Dhaka South Jubo League President Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, his accomplice Enamul Haque Arman, Jubo League leader Zakir Hossain, Councilor AKM Maminula Haque Sayeed,   Jubo League office secretary Anisur Rahman and his wife Sumi Rahman, Juba League leader Zakir Hossain and his wife Ayesha Akhter Summa alias Soma. 

A seven member team, led by the commission's Director Syed Iqbal, is in charge of the investigations. The other members are - Deputy Directors Jahangir Alam, Salahuddin Ahmed, Gulshan Anwar Pradhan, Assistant Directors Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, Saiful Islam, Ataur Rahman and Mohammad Neemul Ahsan Gazi.