Anti-graft body to seize illegal wealth of ‘corrupt persons’

Dhaka, Jan 24 – The Anti-Corruption Corruption (ACC) has decided to seize illegal wealth during the investigation against corrupt persons, if there is any.
Sources in the commission said that the ACC took the decision at an emergency meeting held at the commission’s head office headed by its chairman Iqbal Mahmood.
The ACC chairman held the emergency meeting with the members of a newly formed ‘illegally amassed wealth management unit’.
Sources said that the ACC chairman directed the unit members to submit the details list of all illegal wealth, which was seized by the commission till the date since 2004 after the court verdicts in favour of commission. The ACC chief also direct the unit members to maintain dairy and forwarded their activities to the commission regularly.
From now on, the commission will seize the property in connection with a case filed on charges of amassing wealth illegally and concealing those information before the commission. No one get chance to assume illegal wealth. The ACC will take initiative to bring all illegal wealth will under the state fund, sources said.
The ACC chairman also asked the unit members to examine on whether the illegally amazed property could maintain by formulating specific rules and regulation or through out sourcing.
In the meeting, the ACC chairman directed the unit members to take legal steps for confiscating property, which owners have already been died and the court delivered verdict in favour of the commission.
In response to a member’s query, the ACC chairman said that all ACC’s drives have been conducting in accordance with the law. The commission fulfilled all necessary legal formalities before starting the drives, he noted.
In the meeting, illegally amassed wealth management unit director Khandaker Anamul Basir, detective unit director, legal wing director and other some high officials were also present at the meeting.
After the meeting, Munir Chowdhury, ACC’s director-general (administration) and coordinator of the enforcement teams, told reporters that the illegal wealth would bring under the commission custody during the investigation of a case, which would file on charges amassing wealth illegally.
“The corrupt persons cannot able to consume the illegal wealth. The commission will take the responsibility of maintaining the ill-gotten wealth,” Munir said.
Another director general (law) Moyedul Islam said the commission can bring the illegal wealth during the investigation, if the commission wants to do so. – Staff Reporter