Submit particulars of dual citizenship, passport holders

HC asks immigration dept

Staff Correspondent

22 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has asked for names and addresses of Bangladeshis holding dual citizenships and passports and owning homes bought by laundered money.

A division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order on Monday. The immigration department has been directed to submit a list based on information from three international airports of the country by February 28.

Earlier on December 17, the High Court sought names and whereabouts of Bangladeshi money launderers in possession of houses and properties abroad.

The court directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other authorities concerned to submit reports by February 28. Further hearing on the matter will be held on the day.    

The ACC and other authorities concerned will have to submit particulars of the money launderers, especially those who sent money to foreign countries, including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, and bought houses there.

The court also asked for information as to the action taken against the money launderers.

On November 22, the HC issued a suo moto rule asking why the government shall not submit the particulars of the money launderers.

Appearing for the state, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin informed the court of the steps taken by the government in this regard.

The government has taken legal steps against money launderers and sought information on them through diplomatic channels, he said, adding that more time is needed to get information.

Submitting a compliance report, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam Khan said 100 people, including Casino kingpins Selim Prodhan, Ismail Hossain Samrat and Khaled Mahmud, are sued for laundering money.

The government and ACC have brought back around Tk 70 crore laundered money through mutual legal assistance cooperation law, he said.

Besides, BNP ministers Moudud Ahmed, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and M Morshed Khan and businessmen Mosaddek Ali Falu and Gias Uddin Al Mamun are booked for corruption, he added.