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ACC seeks bank information of Sunamganj 1 MP Ratan, wife

  • Published at 11:09 pm September 28th, 2020
File photo of the Anti Corruption Commission headquarters in Dhaka Sazzad Hossain/Bangla Tribune

Earlier on February 18, the ACC interrogated Ratan

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sought the bank information of Sunamganj 1 constituency MP Moazzem Hossain Ratan and his wife Mahmuda Hossain Lata.

The summons letter signed by ACC Assistant Director Mohammad Neyamul Ahsan Gazi was sent from the ACC headquarters to the general manager of the Bangladesh Bank Financial Intelligence Unit (BIFU) on Sunday.

Earlier on February 18, the ACC interrogated Ratan.

During and after the interrogation, Ratan claimed a section of a political party was harassing him for political reasons.

He also said he would do everything he could to help the ACC in their investigation.

When asked if he had a home in Canada, he said: “I have no illicit assets. I have no home abroad.”

However, the ACC in its primary investigation found that Ratan embezzled government funds through various irregularities, smuggled hundreds of crores through the casino business and other illegal activities, and amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income. The ACC also found that Ratan is involved with several influential people, including contractor GK Shamim.

“On February 10, a notice was served to MP Ratan asking for his statement on the allegations,” said ACC Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattachrya.

On October 24, 2019, the ACC issued a travel ban on Sunamganj 1 constituency MP Mouazzam Hossain Ratan after theanti-graft body found evidence of money laundering.

A letter in this regard, signed by ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain, was sent to the Special Branch of Police (SB) and the Department of Immigration.

The ACC has so far imposed travel bans on 22 people, mostly Awami League leaders.

“The travel ban was imposed based on primary evidence of their involvement in money laundering, and they have also been trying to flee the country,” said ACC Director Syed Iqbal Hossain.

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