ACC sues former roads and highways engineer and his wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) today filed two separate cases against Mohammad Jawed Alam, former chief engineer of the Roads and Highways Department, and his wife Anwara Begum for amassing about Tk 3.09 crore illegally.

ACC’s deputy director Nasir Uddin filed the cases.

The case against Jawed is for amassing about Tk 84.64 lakh beyond a known source of income, while the case against Anwara was for amassing about Tk 2.24 crore illegally.

The ACC had issued notices to Jawed and his wife to submit their wealth statements on February 20, 2019.

On May 26 that year, Jawed submitted his wealth statement, in which he mentioned having immoveable property worth Tk 38.95 lakh and moveable property of about Tk 84.86 lakh, according to the case statement.

Anwara declared immoveable property worth Tk 1.7 crore and moveable property of about Tk 59.69 lakh.

She submitted her income tax return first in 1990-91 where she mentioned getting Tk 2.84 crore as donations from different persons but she did not mention the reason behind the donation.

“It seems she mentioned false and baseless information,” reads the case statement.

Anwara also mentioned that she received Tk 30.99 lakh as business profit but failed to provide any documents of the business.

She also mentioned making profit of about Tk 33.99 lakh from FDR and saving certificates but no legal sources of FDR and saving certificates were found.

“The total amount of Anwara’s illegal wealth is about Tk 2.24 crore which she had actually gotten from her husband, who earned it illegally,” reads the case statement.

Analysing the income tax returns of Jawed, ACC found that between 1999 and February 2019, he has earned about Tk 90.47 lakh from salary and his expenditure was Tk 55.56 lakh. Therefore, his saving stands at Tk 34.91 lakh.

Jawed declared making a profit of Tk 18.45 lakh from FDR and saving certificates between 2007 and 2017 but no legal sources of the funds against the investment was found.

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