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ACC moves to seize assets of fugitive Shahedul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken a move to seize tangible and intangible properties of Shahedul Haque, an absconding accused, in a case filed for accumulating illegal wealth worth around Tk 32.65 crore through casino business.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) asked all banks to freeze his accounts.

Shahedul Haque is currently absconding in the United States.

He is spreading propaganda against the country and government. He is a supporter of controversial Indian Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

He first fled to Middle East with the help of fellow supporters of Dr Zakir Naik's Peace TV and Peace School in Bangladesh and some Middle East countries.

An investigation source said Shahedul has been using two addresses -- one in Kakrail Road in Shantinagar and other in Cantonment area. His father’s name is Morshedul Haque and wife’s name is Tamanna Haque.

The central bank has also ordered to freeze the bank accounts of his uncle Aziz Mohammad Bhai.

ACC’s Dhaka integrated regional office -1 filed the case against Shahedul on December 19, 2019. Mamunur Rashid, assistant commissioner of the anti-graft watchdog, was the complainant of the case.

Following a crackdown on casinos in 2019, Shahed withdrew Tk 14 crore from bank and fled to the USA.

On January 23, a Dhaka court ordered the authorities concerned to confiscate all of his moveable and immovable properties.

The investigation officer submitted a charge sheet against him on January 31. In the charge-sheet, IO Mamunur Rashid showed properties to the tune of Tk 32, 61,61, 334 amassed by Shahedul beyond his known sources of income.

  Various properties, including a 14-storey building named Khulna Trade Square in the capital’s Kakrail area, are belonging to Shahedul.

The investigators found massive anomalies in his tax return file, detecting wealth worth Tk 11, 67, 69, 289.

Shahedul was the director of a private bank and he had a link to other casino perpetrators.

The ACC submitted a charge sheet against him for earning moveable properties of Tk 20, 93,00,000 and immoveable assets of Tk 11, 67, 00,000 illegally.

In his tax return till 2017-18 FY, the absconding accused mentioned his investment of Tk 1.1 crore in a company but failed to show source of that money.

In tax return, he showed immoveable property worth Tk 62.40 lakh deposited in various banks but investigators found existence of Tk 4, 63, 99,000.

ACC claimed to have further traced tangible property of Tk 2, 62, 61,000.

Replying to a query, an official of the anti-graft watchdog said Shahedul Haque is absconding and seizure of his properties have been ordered.

The process of taking the properties of the accused casino godfather under the disposal of the ACC is in motion, he added.

A Dhaka court has already issued arrest warrants against Shahedul.

The trial will begin in absentia after publication of notice in various national dailies, asking him to surrender before the trial court.

Sources in the law enforcement agencies said Shahedul is spreading propaganda against the country and government. He is not only maintaining rapport with expatriate cyber criminals but also patronising them in the USA.