ACC probe against retd judge begins

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started an investigation into a complaint raised against retired judge of the lower court, sources said.
ACC Deputy Director Harun-or-Rashid has been asked to find out whether retired judge Motahar Hossain accumulated wealth and properties beyond his means. ACC passed the order on Monday.
Motahar Hossain acquitted BNP’s Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in a money laundering case on November 17 last year. He retired from service in December 2013.
ACC has meanwhile alerted the authorities concerned against Motahar’s sneaking from the country through land ports, seaport and airports. When contacted, Harun-or-Rashid told The New Nation that he had already started investigation.
According to the ACC, the commission received specific allegations against him two weeks ago. The anti-graft organisation used its sources to gather reports about the judge.
On receipt of information from sources, the commission came up with the decision of investigation, an official seeking anonymity told this reporter, adding, “There is a dissimilarity between his apparent assets and income”.
The complaint includes laundering of a big amount of money abroad, a residential quarter in London and two apartments in the Dhanmondi R.A. in the city. Besides, he purchased 50 bigahs of land in different names in his native village in the district of Natore.
On July 6, 2010, the ACC submitted the charge sheet against Tarique and his business partner Giasuddin-Al-Mamun in a money laundering case. On November 17 in 2013, the court acquitted the BNP leader but awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment to Mamun.

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