Jalil finally sued over 6 months into detention

2007-12-19__front011.jpgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed separate cases against Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil and former home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury for concealing information in their wealth statements and amassing assets beyond known income sources.
The anti-graft body also filed a case against Khandakar Akhtar Hamid Paban, detained son of Chief Whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, on similar charges.
It filed another case against absconding Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Tapan Kumar Dey for not submitting his wealth statement in Chittagong.
ACC Deputy Director Enamul Haque Chowdhury filed the case against Jalil with Ramna Police Station for concealing Tk 65,29,229 in his wealth statement submitted to the commission and acquiring properties worth Tk 63,82,805 beyond his known sources of income.
The first information report (FIR) of the case said Jalil in his wealth statement concealed information about Tk 21.25 lakh he had spent building a house at Chakdeb in Naogaon, and Tk 33,72,715 he had spent building a hotel and a market in the same area.
The FIR said Jalil also concealed information about his wife’s gold ornaments worth Tk 3,29,500 and Tk 7.2 lakh spent for purchasing two cars.
It added that Jalil in his statement said he owns two cars but an investigation later found two more cars in the name of the former minister.
According to the FIR, properties Jalil has illegally accumulated include a three-storey building on eight decimals of land in Naogaon worth Tk 41 lakh and 61 decimals of land worth Tk 40,000 in Bhimpur of Mohadevpur.
The joint forces detained both Jalil and Altaf on May 28.
After arrest Jalil was taken on remand. He was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on June 4 as he fell ill and was later shifted to Labaid Cardiac Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
In a letter sent to Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, Jalil pleaded with the government for his release on health grounds. In the letter dated July 2, Jalil said he would quit politics if necessary.
The AL raised questions over the authenticity of the letter and wanted to hear about it from a “freed” Jalil. The AL general secretary has been detained under the Special Powers Act and no charges were brought against him until yesterday.

ACC Deputy Director Moniruzzaman Khan filed the case with Ramna Police Station for concealing information or giving false information about movable wealth of Tk 59 lakh and amassing wealth of Tk 2.56 crore beyond known sources of income.
In the FIR, it was mentioned that Altaf kept the wealth in his own name and the names of his wife Suraiya Akter and daughter Jubaida Akter.
Altaf in his wealth statement mentioned low price of assets he purchased in his and his wife’s name.
The FIR said Altaf gave false information about loans and did not mention anything about the five firearms worth Tk 2 lakh which he purchased between 1974 and 2002.
He also concealed information about three savings accounts with Standard Chartered Bank.
Altaf in his wealth statement said he had lent Tk 14 lakh to his wife Suraiya while she said her husband lent her Tk 17 lakh. He also said he purchased a jeep at Tk 8 lakh while the real price of the vehicle was Tk 20.17 lakh. Besides, he showed low price of the car he purchased in his wife’s name.
He also said he took loans of Tk 68.27 lakh adding that a loan of Tk 5.16 lakh was taken from Standard Chartered Bank in his own and his wife’s name.
Altaf Hossain submitted his wealth statement to the ACC on July 25 saying that he has wealth worth Tk 3.25 crore.

ACC Deputy Director in Chittagong Abul Kalam Azad filed the case with Double Mooring Police Station as Tapan did not respond to the ACC notice issued on October 28 for submitting his wealth statement, reports our CU correspondent.
The joint forces raided his office at Sholoshahar and seized about Tk 13 lakh on June 25. He has been absconding since then.


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