Tk 640bn laundered in name of RMG export, import a year !

ACC launches inquiry

Staff Correspondent

23 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an inquiry into allegations that around Tk 640 billion is laundered by RMG factory owners each year in the name of export and import.

ACC Secretary Dr Md Anwar Hossain Howlader came up with the information while talking to reporters at the commission’s Segunbagicha headquarters in the capital on Monday.

He said they have received allegations that RMG factory owners siphon off the money in connivance with a section of government officials.

The national anti-graft agency has already formed a committee and assigned its officials to carry out inquiry into the allegations against the RMG factory owners, Anwar said.

Besides, it launched separate inquire into the allegation that Tk 1.75 billion was siphoned out of the country by Al-Muslim Group, he said. “The ACC will take next course of action against them based on findings of the inquiry.”

The ACC secretary also said following the commission’s request, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recently provided some documents on over-invoicing.

The anti-graft watchdog also formed a team to carry out probes into corruption regarding the over-invoicing. “It’ll take some time as the matter is very big,” he said, expressing the hope that the NBR will continue to send information on over-invoicing on a regular basis to the ACC.

The ACC will take tough action against money laundering, Anwar added.