[Dhaka Correspondent] ACC (Anti-Corruption Commission) Sunday asked 11, out of the 35 corruption suspects on the latest list, including retired justice Fazlul Haque and the Dhaka mayor, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, to submit wealth statements in seven working days, a senior commission official told newsmen. ACC also approved proposals for filing a charge sheet against the detained Chittagong mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, CCC chief engineer Moktadir Alam and former secretary Imtiaz Hossain, in a corruption case filed against them by the local commission officials.
But the city corporation’s custodian (electric) Shahidullah, named in the case, was acquitted by the commission as he had already died, the commission’s director general (administration) Hanif Iqbal said.
Others asked Sunday to submit wealth statements are former ministers Tofail Ahmed, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Quamrul Islam, former lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah, former communications secretary Rezaul Hayat, deputy secretary Shamsul Alam, former finance minister Saifur Rahman’s son Shafiur Rahman Babu, former BTRC chairman Taimur Alam Khandakar, and Rajuk’s CBA president Kazi Amir Khasru.
ACC earlier notified 143 corruption suspects, including detained former prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, to submit their wealth statements, and all but Kazi Moharraf Hossain, a CBA leader and BNP activist in Kushtia, did so. The commission on October 4 announced the latest list of the 35 corruption suspects as part of a drive against high-profile corruption. The commission later started primary inquiries in connection with 11 of them and submitted the report early November. The commission believes the suspects own assets disproportionate to their legitimate sources of income, read the notices issued Sunday.
ACC teams left its headquarters to serve the corruption suspects with the order, said Hanif Iqbal. Ali Akbar, an official of a district and sessions judge’s court who was not among the 35 suspects was also notified to submit his wealth statement, he said. The commission asked the suspects to submit their wealth statements detailing bank accounts and assets owned by them and their family members within seven working days from the time of receiving the notice.
They will need to submit the statements in accordance with a three-section prescribed form attached to the notices. In the form, they will need to provide information such as location of their immoveable property, holding numbers, measurements, value, date of purchase and sources of the money spent on buying the assets. They will also need to list their liabilities. According to the rule, they will have scope to seek extension of the time limit by a week before the expiry of the stipulated days.
According to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004, anyone failing to submit his wealth report within the stipulated time or submitting a false statement may face three years’ imprisonment or fine or both.