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ACC sues NIDCH official, wife for not submitting wealth statements

  • Published at 10:27 pm October 1st, 2020
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File photo of the Anti Corruption Commission headquarters in Dhaka Courtesy: Sazzad Hossain

ACC Deputy Assistant Director Ferdaus Rahman filed the cases with the anti-graft watchdog's Integrated District Office 1 in Dhaka on Thursday

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed two separate cases against Munshi Sazzad Hossain, Administrative Officer of National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, and his wife Farzana Hossain for not submitting their wealth statements in due time.

ACC Deputy Assistant Director Ferdaus Rahman filed the cases with the anti-graft watchdog's Integrated District Office 1 in Dhaka on Thursday. 

ACC Director (Public Relations Officer) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee confirmed the filing of the cases to Dhaka Tribune.  

On November 12, 2019, the couple were served notices by the ACC for a submission of their wealth statements within 21 working days.

But they failed to submit their wealth statements within the stipulated time and later sought an extension of time from the commission. 

The national anti-graft commission approved their appeal and set a new deadline. But the two failed to meet the fresh deadline as well. 

The ACC spokesperson said: “The case has been filed against them under Section 26 (2) of the ACC Act, 2004 for not submitting their wealth statements within the stipulated time following the order of the ACC.” 

Earlier on July 30, the ACC sent a letter to the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) to freeze all bank accounts of Munshi Sazzad Hossain and his two brothers, Munshi Faruk Hossain, proprietor of Ahmed Enterprise, and Abdulla Al Mamun, proprietor of Anik Traders.

In the letter, the commission also asked BFIU to prevent the trio from liquidating their assets.

The commission had also filed a case against the NIDCH official and his two brothers last year on charges of their being involved in corruption and irregularities in the health sector as well as amassing illegal wealth by supplying sub-standard equipment to hospitals.

On June 21, however, the High Court granted bail to NIDCH official Sazzad and Mamun in the case.