Haji Salim’s family under ACC scanner

ACC collecting wealth info

Staff Correspondent

29 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is collecting information on the wealth of Dhaka-7 lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim and his son Erfan Selim on charges of amassing illegal wealth.

“We are collecting information about the wealth of MP Haji Salim and his son Erfan Selim, if any indication of illegal wealth is unearthed, the ACC will take necessary measures,” said ACC Commissioner Dr Mozammel Haque Khan.

The ACC commissioner came up with the information on Wednesday while talking to journalists at ACC headquarters in the capital’s Segunbagicha.

He said, “We saw various news on MP Haji Salim and his son Erfan in print and electronic media and we observed that the issues are very sensative and relating to law and order situation.”

 “It is not clear till now about their illegal wealth but we will scrutinize their wealth and if found any illegal wealth, then, necessary measures will be taken against them under the ACC act,” he added

In reply of a query, he also said, “Whether it is government land or property, if it is occupied, action will be taken if it is offences under the ACC Act.”

The ACC’s move came just two days after Erfan Selim and his bodyguard were jailed for one year by a mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for possessing illegal walkie-talkies and liquor.

The mobile court was set up at Haji Salim’s Old Dhaka residence a day after Erfan Salim, also councillor of Ward-30 under Dhaka South City Corporation and few others assaulted a Navy officer in the capital’s Dhanmondi on Sunday.

A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed Erfan Salim and his bodyguard Zahid on a 3-day remand in the case filed over an attempt to murder a Navy officer.      

Several cases were filed against Erfan and his bodyguard Zahid on different charges including under the Arms Act and Narcotics Control Act.

After the arrest of Erfan Selim, law enforcers have unearthed tales of his lavish lifestyle, which included 12 bodyguards and 30 to 40 young men at his beck and call.

It was reported that Erfan Selim took over the throne of MP Haji Salim after he fell sick in 2018.