Turn in wealth report

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday asked two suspended top officials of the railway, their wives, and the sacked APS to former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta to submit wealth statements within seven working days.

The anti-graft body issued separate notices to that effect, told ACC Deputy Director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

Yusuf Ali Mridha, suspended general manager of railway (east), and his wife Yasmin Zakia Nargis; Enamul Huq, suspended security commandant of railway Dhaka division, and his wife Rahat Ara Huq Didha; and Omer Faruq Talukder, sacked assistant personal secretary to former railway boss Suranjit Sengupta, were asked to file individual statements of their movable and immovable property including bank statements, the ACC official said.

“The five will have to attach to theirs the wealth statements of their dependants,” said Pranab, also ACC public relations officer.

Mridha, Enamul and Faruq came in the spotlight after Border Guard Bangladesh on April 9 seized Tk 70 lakh from Faruq's microbus and detained the three and Faruq's driver Ali Azam at its Pilkhana headquarters. The microbus was reportedly bound for Suranjit's Jhigatala residence.

After the cash haul, the ACC formed two separate teams to probe the incident and the wealth of Mridha, Enamul and Faruq.

An official close to the investigation said the ACC had asked the five to submit wealth statements after it found discrepancies between their income and property.

Meanwhile, a departmental probe of the railway ministry gave a clean chit to Suranjit, now a minister without portfolio, in the Tk 70 lakh cash scandal.

The probe found that Faruq owned the money and the former railway minister had no links to it, Bangladesh Railway Director General Abu Taher, who headed the probe body, told reporters after submitting the report on Sunday.