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Benazir’s wealth: HC orders ACC to submit progress report within 2 months

  • Lawyer Salauddin Regan filed the writ petition
  • Writ petition sought an investigation into the allegation
Update : 23 Apr 2024, 08:54 PM

The High Court on Tuesday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit a progress report on the investigation about the alleged illegal wealth of former inspector general of police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed and his family, within two months.

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Ebadoth Hossain passed the suo moto order.

Advocate Sarwar Hossain and Barrister Manoj Kumar Bhowmick stood for the petitioner while Senior Advocate Shah Monjurul Hoque and Syed Ahmed Raza stood for Benazir while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin represented the ACC and the state respectively.

The HC bench said that Bangladesh, like India, should also have a wealth statement law for government employees. If there was a law, no one would have to guard their (government employees) property.

In India, government employees have to submit their wealth statements at the time of joining and retiring from the job. Action is taken if there is a difference of more than 10% of the assets in the statement. To materialize Bangabandhu's dream of Sonar Bangla, such a law will have to be enacted, it added.

Earlier, ACC formed a committee to investigate the alleged corruption of Benazir Ahmed and his family.

ACC Secretary Khorsheda Yeasmin informed the update at a briefing held at the commission's headquarters on Monday.

Besides, a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking an investigation into the allegation brought against ex-IGP Benazir and his family.

Salauddin Regan, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the writ petition.

The writ petition also sought an investigation into the allegation.

It also sought the issuance of a rule asking the government to explain why the ACC's ineffectiveness in investigating Benazir's wealth should not be declared illegal.

Chairman of ACC, ACC Commissioners and ACC secretary were made respondents to the writ petition.

A vernacular daily published a report on the title of ‘Aladiner Cherag at the house of Benazir’ on March 31.

Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Sumon MP filed a petition with ACC seeking legal steps against Benazir on Sunday.

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