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MP for ACC probe into ex-IGP’s wealth

Published : 21 Apr 2024 10:52 PM

A lawmaker on Sunday urged the Anti-Corruption Commission to inquire into disproportionate assets of former Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed, his wife and two daughters.

It is alleged that Benazir amassed the assets by abusing his power.

Syed Sayedul Haque Suman, an independent lawmaker from the Habiganj-4 constituency and a Supreme Court lawyer, also sought legal action against Benazir Ahmed, his wife Zeeshan Mirza and their daughters Farhin Rishta Binte Benazir and Tahsin Raisa Binte Benazir for allegedly amassing huge illegal wealth.    

Suman, also an Awami League activist, made the request to the chairman of the commission through filing a written complaint with the ACC. 

Suman submitted a clipping of a news article titled ‘Aladdin’s lamp in Benazir’s house’ which was published in daily Kalerkantha on March 31, 2024, along with the complaint seeking probe into the unusual assets of Benazir and his family members.

The complaint was submitted to the commission, the day after Benazir defended himself against the reports on him and his family members, stating that the reports published in newspapers recently are false, distorted and intentional.

Benazir came up with the claims through a video message on Facebook on Saturday in response to the recent reports published by several media outlets against him.

Suman in his complaint said that Benazir Ahmed, who retired on September 30, 2022, after 34 years and seven months of his service, amassed a huge amount of property in the name of his wife, and two daughters, which is significantly disproportionate to his known sources of income.   

Referring to the report, he said that Benazir owned different assets such as six companies, expensive flats and houses in the upscale area of the capital, shares in best holding, five-star hotels, Le Meridien Dhaka, Savannah Eco Resort in Sahapur union in Gopalganj, huge land properties in different areas, including 418 decimal of land on Saint Martin’s island which was declared an ecologically critical area in Cox’s Bazar.

 “The amount of wealth owned by Benazir, his wife and their two daughters are significantly higher than their legitimate sources of income and there are sufficient reasons to believe that Benazir Ahmed acquired the properties disproportionate to his known sources of income, by abusing his position,” Suman said in the complaint to the commission.  

The series of reports mentioned a lavish lifestyle of Benazir Ahmed, who also served as the director general of the Rapid Action Battalion from January 2015 to April 2020 before he was promoted to the post of IGP on April 15, 2020, and his holdings of shares in different companies.