[Dhaka Correspondent] ACC (Anti-Corruption Commission) Monday appealed in court to interrogate detained former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in jail in connection with the Taka 3-crore corruption case filed against her and six others on September 2. Morshed Alam, a deputy director of the ACC, also the investigation officer of the case, filed the appeal with the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka and sought its permission for interrogation, “We need to question the former prime minister for the sake of investigation of the case.” The court is likely to pass an order in this regard Tuesday. If permission is granted, Hasina is likely to be questioned at the makeshift jail sometime this week.
ACC deputy director Shabbir Hasan filed the case with the Tejgaon police station, accusing Hasina of taking bribes of Taka 3 crore from two power sector companies — Summit Group and United Group. According to complainant, Hasina took the bribes between October 24, 1996 and November 24, 1997. Two power companies bribed Hasina to buy land for Bangabandhu Memorial Trust in exchange for permission to set up a barge-mounted power plant in Khulna.
On October 11, ACC officials questioned another detained former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at a makeshift jail in connection with the GATCO corruption case filed against her and 12 others, including her younger son Arafat Rahman on September 2.