General MA Matin has been accused of taking money allocated for different academy projects
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sent a letter to Bogra Rural Development Academy (RDA) ex-Director General MA Matin, and his wife Sabina Afroz, seeking information about their wealth.
Matin and Sabina have been accused of amassing a large amount of illegal wealth. On Thursday, Assistant Director of Bogra Integrated ACC headquarters, Aminul Islam, asked the couple to produce their wealth information within seven days.
The ACC officials started investigating the matter after accusations of irregularities about different projects were brought against Matin.
The Bogra Rural Development Academy was established in a 10 mile area in Sherpur upazila of Bogra in 1974. Generally, the director general position is held by a joint secretary or additional secretary.
However, Matin allegedly broke the law and got the director general position through lobbying. Even after the Public Administration Ministry appointed three officers—ranking equivalent to additional secretaries—to the post, Matin stopped them from assuming office.
According to an ACC source, the commission started its investigations before Matin retired in January 16 of this year.
The government allocated Tk4,270,000,000 for a rural development project that required land—in Bogra from Rajshahi division, Rupsha from Khulna, Cox's Bazar from Chittagong, Gangachara from Rangpur, Gopalganj from Dhaka and Barisal—to be acquired.
However, other than in Gopalganj, the land has not been acquired anywhere else. Primary investigations have unveiled that despite being a research institution, the academy has leased 26 acres of land from private organizations, for poultry, fisheries, and other purposes.
Besides, Matin has 116 acres of land in different places including a morgue and cement factory in Bogra, plus five flats in Dhaka, under his name. His wife, Sabina Afroz, also has several flats, plots, and savings in several bank accounts under her name.
Assistant Director of Bogra Integrated ACC headquarters, Aminul Islam said if any irregularities are found in Matin and his wife's wealth statement, after they submit it within seven days, action will be taken against them.
Meanwhile, Matin said he had received two more letters from the commission in the past. "I will reply when the time is right," he said.