Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) again conducted a surprise drive at some hajj agencies in the capital’s Naya Paltan area on Thursday and found massive irregularities and corruption in the process of sending pilgrims to holly Hajj.
A nine-member enforcement team led by ACC deputy director Sheikh Md Fanafillah found massive irregularities during their surprise drive at hajj agencies at Naya Paltan.ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said: “We have conducted drive at the hajj agencies for fifth time after receiving allegations of irregularities over ACC hotline 106.”
The ACC is now waiting for a complete report from the team for taking action in this regard, he said.
ACC officials said Kazi Air International located at Kazi Tower has failed to show necessary documents to confirm the exact number of hajj pilgrims scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj.
As per rule, every registered hajj agency is compelled to send minimum 150 hajjis to Saudi Arabia for hajj, but the agency only sent 75 pilgrims.
Vouchers of different expenses, including house rent, were not found in the agency, they said.
During the drive, the ACC team found that another hajj agency, Kazi Travels and Tours, had evaded tax amounting to Tk 4 lakh, last year.ACC director general M Munir Chowdhury said: “The sudden drives are being conducted aiming to break the corrupt syndicates involved in the hajj process and make hajjis (pilgrims) aware against corruption.”