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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Barapukuria graft case

The Anti-Corruption Commission Monday said investigation into the Barapukuria graft case, filed against detained former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and 16 others on February 26, is going on, reports UNB.

"The investigation into the case is on. The IO is examining the related files and documents and trying to gather evidences in favour of the allegations," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal said in the Commission''s regular briefing.

The anti-graft watchdog filed the first information report (FIR) against Khaleda Zia, 10 former powerful ministers of her cabinet and five others for causing a loss of about Tk 159 crore to the national exchequre through awarding Barapukuria Coal Mine deal to the highest bidder.

About the activities of the Commission''s special team working in the Roads and Highways department to look into corruption and irregularities, Hanif told the briefing that the team sought 11 files of which they got two. "The two files are on Dhaka bypass and a bridge in Gazipur."

Hanif said of the 60-70 thousands complaints piled up with the reconstituted Commission, 24 thousands complaints have already been sorted out and the Commission has approved to conduct primary inquiries into 29 of them. He said the 29 complaints are against more or less against people belonging to all professionals like public representatives, government officials and port officials.

The ACC spokesperson said the Commission approved the filing of a case against Bangladesh Awami Jubo League president Jahangir Kabir Nanak for concealing information of assets worth over Tk 12 lakh and acquiring wealth worth about Tk 18.27 lakh beyond his known sources of income.

The case will be filed under sections 26(2) and 27(1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004 and section 15 of the Emergency Power Rules, 2007.

Hanif said the Commission filed a case on Sunday with Ramna police station against former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia''s APS-1 Shamsul Alam, now an officer on special duty, and his wife Khadija Anam for concealing information of wealth worth Tk 1.48 crore and acquiring wealth worth over 1.79 crore that do not match their known sources of income.

He said the Commission has approved the submission of charge sheet in a case against former deputy minister Asadul Habib Dulu and Nazrul Islam, a contractor, for misappropriation of CI sheet of government relief fund. He also said the Commission has approved the submission of four separate charge sheets in the cases against Akhter Hossain, former cashier of Rajshahi Divisional Tax Office and Noni Gopal Das for misappropriating Tk 5 lakh.

Hanif said the ACC has approved the issuance of wealth statement notice to Abdul Majid, principal appraiser of Chittagong Customs House, and Rafiqul Islam Patwari, a higher division assistant of Chittagong Customs House. He said Mamunur Rashid, upazila Nirbahi Officer of Khagrachhari''s Panchhari upazila, submitted his wealth statement to the Commission on Sunday.

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