PMO asks for monitoring bank accounts of former ACC chairmanStaff Correspondent
The prime minister’s office has directed the banking division of the ministry of finance to take measures to stop alleged money laundering attempt by former Anti-Corruption Commission chairman and retired lieutenant general Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury.
Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, secretary of the banking division, admitted that
his division had already received the directive from the PMO.
He told New Age on Wednesday over phone that they had already asked the Bangladesh Bank to monitor the banks accounts of the former ACC chief, who also served as the chief of the army staff for three years since 2002.
Now the BB can say what type of action has already been taken since the central bank looks into the matter of money laundering, he added.
Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, chairman of the public accounts committee, in a letter to the BB on May 16, 2012, disclosed that a number of actors of the January 11, 2007 episode, known as 1/11, were active in siphoning off money in a bid to leave the country.
He named retired lieutenant general Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, who became the ACC chairman after the caretaker administration of Fakhruddin Ahmed took over in January 2007, accusing the retired army chief of selling out his two apartments and a house located in the cantonment and trying to smuggle out the money.
‘The former ACC chairman has sold out his assets to smuggle out the money through “hundi” to the United States where he and his family members are trying to immigrate,’ said MK Alamgir.
It was learnt that Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury sold the properties at around Tk 520 million (Tk 52 crore).
A woman claiming she was a member of the house staff of Mashhud Chowdhurry told New Age over phone on Saturday that Mashhud Chowdhury was now staying abroad, but did not give further details.
The former ACC chairman was instrumental in the crackdown on politicians and businessmen during the military-backed caretaker administration between 2007 and 2009 under a state of emergency.
MK Alamgir, an Awami League politician, was arrested and was charged with corruption in half a dozen cases in addition to sentence of 13 years of imprisonment given by a summary tribunal set up during the emergency.
On October 21, 2008, Alamgir was released on bail after being held in prison for 20 months. He was elected a member of parliament while he was on bail. On July 13, 2009, the High Court overturned his conviction.
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Date:Thursday, 14th June, 2012