ACC prosecutes ex-ministers Mannan, Mahbubur, lawmaker Badi

August 22, 2014

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday prosecuted former state ministers Abdul Mannan Khan and Mahbubur Rahman and ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Badi on charge of amassing illegal wealth. Three deputy directors of the commission filed the cases with Ramna police station after a seven-month investigation into the wealth of the three Awami League leaders, the commission’s public relations officer told reporters.
The commission’s deputy director M Nasir Uddin filed a case accusing former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan of possessing illegal wealth of Tk 75.04 lakh.
He also accused Mannan of hiding information about his wealth of Tk 4.59 lakh in his wealth report submitted to the commission showing his wealth of Tk 3.16 crore.
Deputy director M Khairul Huda prosecuted former state minister for water resources Mahbubur Rahman accusing him of amassing illegal wealth of about Tk 5.19 crore.
The first information report stated that Mahbubur in his wealth statement submitted to the Election Commission along with his nominations for the 10th parliamentary elections declared that he earned wealth of about Tk 5.84 crore between 2008 and 2013 while he had actually amassed Tk 6.42 crore.
Mahbubur, in his tax return for 2012-2013, mentioned that he earned Tk 2 crore from fisheries business and he received Tk 80 lakh in cash as his daughter’s wedding gift.
The commission, however, found that he actually earned Tk 56.50 lakh from fisheries business and he failed to show evidence of receiving cash as gift in his daughter’s wedding, the complaint said.
Mahbubur, in his tax return for 2009-2010, declared that he got Tk 40 crore from his wife while the commission found that his wife Preity Haider did not mention the amount in her tax return, said the complaint.
Deputy director Mohammad Abdus Sobhan filed the other case accusing AL lawmaker from Cox’s Bazar-4 Abdur Rahman Badi of amassing illegal wealth of about Tk 10.87 crore.
In his wealth statement submitted to the commission, Badi declared that he had wealth of Tk 5.20 crore, but the commission found that he owned wealth of about Tk 16.07 crore.
The compliant said that Badi, in his statement, said that he earned the money and property through export and import business, but he failed to provide evidence to prove the claim.
The commission said that Badi earned wealth of about Tk 15.57 crore in five years from 2008.
None of the accused responded to phone calls despite several attempts on Thursday.
The commission on January 22 began the investigation into the wealth of seven former ministers and lawmakers saying that the commission would gradually investigate the wealth of all lawmakers.
The probe launched after the wealth statements they submitted to the Election Commission along with their nominations from contesting the January 5 national elections had showed an unusual increase in their wealth in the previous five years.
Commission officials said that the commission would take legal action soon against the rest four — former health minister AFM Ruhul Haque, lawmakers Aslamul Haque Aslam and Enamul Haque, and former lawmaker Abdul Jabbar.

-Input from New Age

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