Tarique, Babar to be charged
Friday, 25 April 2008

Bribery case

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to charge-sheet eight persons, including BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman, ex-minister Lutfozzaman Babar, Basundhara chairman Shah Alam and his two sons in a Tk-21 crore bribery case, reports UNB.

The huge money was reportedly transacted in bribe for not implicating one of Shah Alam''s sons in a sensational murder case filed in 2006.

ACC director general Col Hanif Iqbal said the Commission (Wednesday) approved the submission of charge sheet against eight persons in the case.

Those who would be charge-sheeted are Tarique, Babar, Ahmed Sobhan alias Shah Alam, his two sons Shafiyat Sobhan Sanbir and Sadat Sobhan, Basundhara director Abu Sufian, Tarique''s private secretary Mia Nuruddin Apu.

The name of Tarique was not in the first information report (FIR), but his involvement was found during the investigation. On October 4, 2007, the ACC filed the case with Ramna police station against six persons for transaction of Tk 21 crore in bribe.

ACC director general Hanif said it was found during the investigation that Tk 14 crore was transacted through cheques while Tk 7 crore in cash. The body of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, 30, a director of Bashundhara Telecommunication Limited, was found in Gulshan on July 5, 2005.

As Sanbir''s involvement was found in the killing, he along with his father met former state minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar and requested him not to implicate his name in the murder.

Following the arrest of Babar, he confessed that Sobhan went to him and agreed to provide Tk 50 crore against his demand of Tk 100 crore in kickback for not implicating Sanbir in the case after investigators detected Sanbeer''s involvement in the killing.

The detained former state minister for Home also confessed to receiving the bribe with the consent of then premier Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman. Later, the ACC came up to deal with the issue.

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