Order to confiscate Benazir's movable and immovable assets

former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed

former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed

The Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court has ordered the seizure of all movable and immovable assets belonging to former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed. The court, presided over by Judge Mohammad Assamach Jaglul Hossain, also mandated the confiscation of 83 documents related to the acquisition of his assets. This order follows an application by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), amid growing allegations of illegal wealth accumulation by the former police chief.

Background and Allegations

The ACC's investigation was prompted by a national daily report that detailed extensive and allegedly illicit assets owned by Benazir Ahmed. The report, titled "Aladdin's Lamp in Benazir's House," highlighted several high-value properties and investments linked to Ahmed and his family.

Savannah Eco Resort: A luxurious tourist center in Sahapur Union, Gopalganj, linked to Benazir Ahmed.

Company Ownership: At least six companies across the country are reportedly in the names of his wife and two daughters, with investments exceeding Rs 500 crore.

Real Estate: Properties include expensive flats, houses, and land in elite areas of Dhaka, a duplex house in Purbachal valued at approximately Tk 45 crore, and additional land worth Tk 22 crore.

Shareholdings: His daughters reportedly hold 200,000 shares in Best Holdings and the five-star hotel La Meridien.

The report suggested that these assets were disproportionate to the income Benazir Ahmed earned during his 34-year career in the police force, where his total salary and allowances amounted to Tk 1.84 crore.

Barrister Syed Syedul Haque Sumon formally requested the ACC to investigate these allegations. The letter highlighted the discrepancy between Ahmed's known income and the substantial assets held by his family, suggesting misuse of his official position to accumulate wealth.

Following this request, the court's order on Thursday, May 23, instructed the seizure of Ahmed's assets and the related documentation. This move marks a crucial step in the ACC's ongoing investigation into the former IGP's financial dealings.

The seizure of Benazir Ahmed's assets underscores the government's commitment to tackling corruption, even among high-ranking officials. It also highlights the role of the media and legal professionals in bringing such issues to light. The ACC's investigation will likely involve a thorough review of Ahmed's financial records and property acquisitions to determine the legality of his wealth.

The court's decision to seize Benazir Ahmed's assets is a significant milestone in the fight against corruption in Bangladesh. The detailed allegations and subsequent legal actions reflect the seriousness of the claims against the former IGP. As the ACC continues its investigation, this case may set a precedent for greater accountability and transparency among public officials.


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