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ACC grills BNP leader Amir Khashru over money laundering

  • Published at 03:29 pm March 1st, 2021
Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury - mehedi hasan
File Photo of senior BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, the BNP leader did not appear before the ACC despite being summoned twice and had filed writ petitions with the High Court challenging legality of the summons

The Anti-Corruption Commission has interrogated former minister and BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury over allegations of illegal transactions and money laundering.

Selina Akhter, the deputy director of the ACC, started questioning him when he appeared at the ACC head office in Dhaka at around 10:30 am on Monday.

Asked about the interrogation, Amir Khasru told the media: "Do you [journalists] understand why the commission called me and for what purpose? I lead a normal life. They do not have any chance to question my integrity. You all know very well about my life."

Earlier, the BNP leader did not appear before the ACC despite being summoned twice.

Amir Khasru was summoned on August 16 last year on charges of illegal transactions, money laundering, and illegal acquisition of wealth.

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The notice asked him to appear on August 28, 2020. Amir Khasru Mahmud did not appear before the ACC, citing a pending writ filed in the High Court regarding the matter. He sought for more time through his lawyer.

He was summoned again on September 10 of the same year on the basis of his application. He filed a writ petition in the High Court on September 3 of the same year challenging the legality of the summons.

A bench of the High Court on September 5 removed Amir Khasru Mahmud from the writ petition, challenging the validity of the notice to appear before the ACC.

The BNP leader laundered money abroad by opening a five-star hotel business with a different name, the ACC officials told Dhaka Tribune. 

The BNP Standing Committee member from Chittagong also allegedly amassed wealth from unknown sources and bought shares by using the names of his wife and other members of the family, the officials said.

On October 4, 2018, ACC had slapped a travel ban on BNP leader Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury and his wife Tahira Khasru Alam.