Chargesheet against Tarique soon
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Wealth statement

The Anti-Corruption Commission is finally going to submit charge sheet in the case against detained BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman very soon for concealing his wealth information and amassing wealth that do not match his known sources of income, reports UNB.

"The process of submission of charge sheet in the case against Tarique Rahman is at the final stage. We can assume that the charge sheet will be submitted very soon," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal told a Commission''s regular briefing Monday. Replying to a question, he said, "The charge sheet can be submitted any time, any day."

To another questioner, Hanif said, "The charge sheet can be submitted by this week. I can''t say so surely. But, to the best of my knowledge it''s at the final stage.

The submission of charge sheet awaits the Commission''s approval." On September 26, 2007, the anti-graft watchdog filed the case with Kafrul police station against Tarique, his wife Dr Jobaida Rahman and mother-in-law Syeda Iqbal Mand Banu for concealing information of assets worth about Tk 4.23 crore and acquiring wealth worth about Tk 4.81 crore beyond their known sources of income.

The case was filed under sections 26(2) and 27(1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004, section 109 of the Penal Code and section 15(D)(5) of the Emergency Power Rules, 2007. Following the filing of the case, ACC assistant director Taufiqul Islam investigated the case and submitted the memo of evidence (investigation report) on January 13 this year.

The report is being scrutinized by the Commission before submission of the charge sheet. Tarique, now in jail, was arrested on March 8, 2007 from his cantonment residence. Since then, 12 cases have been filed against him and one by the ACC.

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