ACC seeks to quiz Khaleda
Third notice to be sent today
The Anti-Corruption Commission will issue its third notice on former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today seeking appointment with her for questioning on two allegations against her now being probed.
In reply to the ACC's earlier two notices, Khaleda had said she needed to go through documents and papers concerning the allegations before being questioned.
The anti-graft body then assured the former premier that it would let her do so before questioning starts.
ACC sources pointed out that law does not allow them to send documents and papers to Khaleda.
The allegations concern laundering of about Tk 7.5 crore of public money for purchasing land for Zia Charitable Trust and misappropriation of funds for construction of Bhairab Bridge, causing a loss of Tk 100 crore to the state when she was prime minister, sources mentioned.
The money laundering probe also involves Khaleda's sons Tarique Rahman, senior vice-chairman of BNP, and Arafat Rahman Koko as they are also trustees of the charitable trust.
Sources said this time the ACC will request Khaleda to reply to its notice by the end of this month stating where and when it should question her on the allegations.
The commission issued its first notice on February 14 and the second on March 3. Khaleda replied to the latter on March 23.
If the former premier replies to the ACC's third notice the same way as she did in case of the previous ones, investigators would seek the commission's instructions for their next course of action.
The inquiry against Khaleda requires mainly her statement to be completed, said the sources.
According to ACC code of work, once its inquiry finds sufficient information about an allegation, it goes for filing a case and conducting a fully-fledged investigation.