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ACC approves charges against DGHS driver, his wife

  • Published at 03:01 pm September 21st, 2021
Anti-corruption Commission
File photo of ACC Dhaka Tribune

Malek was jailed for 30 years in an arms case on Monday

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the charges against Abdul Malek, a former driver at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and his wife Nargis Begum over amassing wealth through illegal means.

According to the case statement, driver Malek provided a fake wealth statement by hiding information on movable and immovable assets worth over Tk93 lakh; and he possessed more than Tk1.5 crore beyond his known sources of income.

Meanwhile, his wife Nargis Begum also accumulated Tk1.10 crore illegally.

The charges were filed under Section 27(1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004 and Section 109 the Penal Code.

Earlier on Monday, Malek was jailed for a total of 30 years in a case filed under the Arms Act.

DGHS driver Abdul Malek being escorted by police to a Dhaka court on Monday, September 20, 2021 <strong>Dhaka Tribune</strong>

Malek was sentenced to 15 years for possession of firearms and 15 years for possession of ammunition. Although the sentence is for 30 years, Malek must spend just 15 years behind bars as the sentences will run concurrently.

Also Read - Health directorate driver Malek jailed for 30 years in arms case

Malek was arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Dhaka’s Turag area on September 20 last year on charges of extortion and illegal firearms trading.

A foreign-made magazine, five bullets, and fake currency worth around Tk1.50 lakh were recovered from him at the time of his arrest.

RAB filed two cases against Malek with Turag police station, one under the Arms Act and the other under the Special Powers Act. The Anti-Corruption Commission also filed two cases against Malek and his wife Nargis Begum on charges of possession of illegal wealth.

According to sources, Malek joined the Savar Health Project as a driver in 1982 with an educational qualification of class eight. In 1986, he started working as a driver at the transport pool of the DGHS.

Also Read - Arms case: Verdict against DGHS driver on Sept 20

According to RAB, there are two seven-storey buildings in the name of Malek’s first wife Nargis Akter in South Kamarpara. He also has a 10-12 katha plot adjacent to the buildings.

There is a dairy farm on a 15-katha land plot at South Kamarpara in the name of his eldest daughter.

Malek has also an under-construction 10-storey building on four katha of land in the capital’s Hatirpool area. He also has a huge amount of money deposited in different banks.

Malek during interrogation disclosed the names of several other government employees who are also involved in corruption.

According to sources, Malek had close relations with two former directors general (DG) of the DGHS and the Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, as he used to drive their government-issued vehicles.

Many used to refer to Malek as the “Shadow DG.” Some people in the health sector knew him as the “foster son” of a former DG due to their close ties.

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