Thursday, April 9, 2009

'Fugitive' Rajshahi BNP leader sued for ill-gotten wealth

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has pressed charges against 'fugitive' district BNP general secretary Shish Mohammad for amassing wealth worth over 89 lakh allegedly from sources beyond his legal income.

Abdul Karim, deputy director of Rajshahi ACC yesterday submitted the charge sheet with the chief judicial magistrate court.

In the charges pressed under Section 27 (1) of the ACC Act of 2004, Abdul Karim alleged that Shish owns wealth worth Tk 95 lakh. But his actual income from known sources since 1997 should not exceed Tk six lakh including his remuneration of Tk 1.16 lakh as mayor of Mundumala municipality from January 2003 to June 2007.

Following allegations against Shish Mohammad, the ACC sent him notice to submit his statement of wealth in February 2008. A Rajshahi court later jailed him for three years as he was sued for not submitting the statement.

The ACC then investigated the case and found that he amassed Tk 89,47,607 from known sources of income. Apart from landed property, he possesses a petrol pump and a four-storied commercial building in Tanore upazila.

He also booked a flat in Dhaka before he went into hiding in January, 2007.

A close aide to former BNP minister Barrister Aminul Haque, Shish went into hiding after the state of emergency. Haque and Shish were later convicted in a case for abetting militancy and sentenced for life.

Another ACC case against Shish for allegedly misappropriating Tk 5 lakh lease money of Mundumala Hat (rural market) is under trial, said the Rajshahi ACC chief.

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