In response to the anti-graft body’s request, the Election Commission (EC) today will send the affidavits of six powerful politicians, including ex-ministers, to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
“The affidavits of the six politicians they submitted to the commission before the 9th and 10th parliamentary polls are most likely to be sent tomorrow (Tuesday),” a source of the EC secretariat said yesterday.
The six politicians are former health minister AFM Ruhal Haque, former state minister for water resources Mahbubur Rahman and former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan, and ex-MPs Aslamul Haque, Abdur Rahman Bodi and Abdul Jabbar.
On Thursday, the ACC sent letters to the Election Commission (EC) seeking the affidavits of the politicians they submitted before the 9th and 10th parliamentary polls for probing the allegations of unusual wealth accumulations by them.
The anti-graft body has started investigation into their movable and immovable property in the first phase after media ran reports citing their unusual wealth surge after tallying their affidavits they submitted before the last two national elections in 2008 and 2014.
As per the affidavits of candidates submitted to the EC for the last 10th parliamentary polls, the wealth of 48 candidates have increased by 363 percent in the last five years while that of ministers by 247 percent; state ministers by 459 percent; and deputy leader of parliament, chief whip and whip by 1,689 percent; the Prime Minister by 46 percent and deputy speaker by 238 percent.
Earlier, this month, the ACC decided to launch probes into the allegations of unusual wealth accumulations by politicians in several phases.