It is nothing but political harassment, he says
BNP nominated Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain has said some media outlets have published misleading information about his case.
“Misleading information were published about me in the media. For instance, Independent Television has said ‘charges were formed in a corruption case' against me,” Ishraque said in a statement on Thursday.
“The case was filed against me because I was unable to submit my wealth information as I was not in the country at that time, not because of any so called corruption,” Ishraque added.
“I have been submitting tax returns since 2010 and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has all my records,” the DSCC mayor candidate said.
He said: “I hope all news and media outlets will be careful while publishing the news of the case against me.”
The BNP mayoral candidate further said: “I had to submit information about my wealth at the Election Commission in the two elections I contested, therefore it is nothing but political harassment.”
On Wednesday, the Dhaka Special Court 4 framed the charges in presence of Ishraque, rejecting a discharge petition filed by the accused.
Judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam also set February 9, for starting the trial through deposition of witnesses.
On September 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) served a notice to Ishraque, son of late former Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, to submit his wealth information to the anti-graft body.
As he did not comply with the notice, former assistant director Shamsul Alam of the ACC filed a case against Ishraque with Ramna police station on August 29, 2010.
On December 6, 2018, ACC Deputy Director Jahangir Hossain, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.