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ACC quizzes DGHS accounts officer over illicit wealth

FE Report | January 11, 2019 00:00:00


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday grilled an accounts officer of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) for amassing huge wealth illegally.

The official, Md Afzal Hossain, accounts officer at the department of medical education & health manpower development of DGHS, was summoned to appear before the ACC headquarters in the city's Segunbagicha.

ACC deputy director Shamsul Alam conducted the interrogation session that started at 10am to end around 4:00pm, according to ACC sources.

The commission is also investigating allegation of illegal wealth accumulation against Mr Afzal's wife Rubina Khanam, who is a stenographer at the same department.

In its primary investigation, ACC revealed that the couple owns four five-storey buildings and a plot in the city's Uttara sector-13.

The national anti-graft authority also traced that the couple also owns a building in Australia.

ACC also asked the Special Branch of Police to issue a travel ban for the Mr and Mrs Afzal.

Meanwhile, in a drive at the Chattogram Customs House, a team of the ACC enforcement unit nabbed a revenue officer (admin) with Tk 06 million bribe money.

The detainee, Nazim Uddin, received the bribe in exchange of giving clearance certificate to an ocean going vessel.

The ACC team led by Chattogram integrated district office deputy director Md Mahbubul Alam conducted the two-hour drive acting on a complaint received through ACC hotline-106.

During the drive, ACC officials found the money in the steel cabinet of Mr Nazim and seized it in front of the customs authority.

However, knowing the incident, National Board of Revenue (NBR) immediately dismissed the revenue officer from his duty.

Talking about the drive, ACC director general (admin) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, "The commission conducted the drive to keep import-export trade unimpeded, because the country's revenue collection doorway should be kept out of corruption."

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