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ACC to summon Benazir Ahmed for interrogation

ACC to summon Benazir Ahmed for interrogation

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ACC will verify the sources of wealth mentioned in his tax return, a source said.

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Publisted at 5:13 PM, Tue May 28th, 2024

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The Anti-Corruption Commission has decided to summon former Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed for interrogation over his alleged involvement in corruption.

The commission will send him a notice in this regard soon, ACC Commissioner Jahirul Haque told the media on Tuesday.

ACC will verify the sources of wealth mentioned in his tax return, said a source within the commission. 

In the tax document, the sources of income for his wife and children have been mentioned as fish trading, which the commission will also look into, the ACC source added.

He said the commission has already written to the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), seeking information on whether the Benazir family has any assets abroad.

Large amounts of information regarding the wealth of the Benazir family are stemming from various sources, including intelligence agencies, since the launch of the investigation against the former IGP, the source added.

Earlier, on Sunday, a Dhaka court ordered the confiscation of all properties mentioned in 113 more documents and four flats at Gulshan belonging to the former police chief and his family members in response to a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

ON May 23, the same court ordered the confiscation of all properties mentioned in 83 documents belonging to Benazir Ahmed and ordered the freezing of 33 financial accounts, including 27 bank accounts belonging to him and his family members.  

 


On 31 March, a national daily published a report titled "Aladin’s Lamp at the House of Benazir,".

Similar reports were published by several other media outlets on 1-2 April, sparking widespread discussion about the enormous wealth visibly amassed by Benazir Ahmed during his career as a policeman.

Following this, a writ petition was filed with the High Court seeking an investigation into the allegations against the former IGP and his family. 

Supreme Court lawyer Salauddin Regan filed the petition, which also called for a rule asking the government to explain why the ACC's ineffectiveness in investigating Benazir's wealth should not be declared illegal. 

The chairman of the ACC, the ACC Commissioners, and the ACC secretary were named as respondents in the petition.

On 22 April, the ACC formed a committee to investigate the alleged corruption of Benazir Ahmed and his family. Subsequently, on 23 April, the High Court instructed the ACC to submit a progress report on the investigation within two months. 

Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Sumon MP also filed a petition with the ACC seeking legal action against Benazir.

The ex-police chief's lawyers are expected to move the court early tomorrow to seek a stay on the court's directive.

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