Dismissing the allegations of illegal wealth accumulation brought against him, Abdur Rahman Bodi, a ruling party MP from Cox’s Bazar-4 (Ukhia-Teknaf), on Sunday said he will resign from parliament if the allegations are proved.
“I’m a member of a business family. I earned money through legal businesses and I was the top taxpayer in Cox’s Bazar in the last two years. So, the allegation raised against me is false, intentional and fabricated,” he told reporters in front of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) head office after his interrogation there.
Bodi alleged that some media outlets deliberately reported that he amassed wealth worth Tk 36 crore in the last five years to tarnish his image. “But, the fact is that I earned wealth worth Tk 9 crore during the period and paid nearly Tk 3.5 crore in income tax.”
The ACC sources said as per the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission for the last 10th parliamentary polls, Bodi earned nearly Tk 15 crore in the last five years. He, in his affidavit, mentioned that he earned the money through his export-import business and fuel business in Teknaf and house and shop rents.
However, he mentioned his income of only Tk 2 lakh in the affidavit submitted to the EC for the 9th parliamentary polls in 2008.
Asked how he acquired the huge money in a short time, Bodi said the four-party alliance government had filed nearly 30 cases against him during its last tenure and closed his all businesses. “And I resumed my export and import business during the grand alliance government and earned money legally,” he claimed.
Replying to a query, Bodi said he was never involved in the business of Yaba tablet, but some people of local newspapers are doing the illicit business using his name.
Welcoming the ACC’s probe, Bodi said all will be able to know how he acquired wealth when the inquiry by the anti-graft body will be over.
On Sunday morning, ACC deputy director Ahsan Ali quizzed Bodi for three hours from around 10 am at the ACC head office in connection with the allegation of unusual wealth accumulation, ACC source said.
Earlier, on January 12 last, the ACC launched probes into the allegations of unusual wealth accumulation by seven politicians, including Bodi.
On February 4, the ACC served a notice asking him to be present at 10 am at the ACC head office to face grilling.
The ACC in its first phase is now conducting probes into the graft allegations against former Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque, former State Minister for Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan Khan, former State Minister for Water Resources M Mahbubur Rahman, Enamul Haque, MP, (Rajshahi-4), Abdur Rahman Bodi, MP, (Ukhia-Teknaf), Aslamul Haque, MP, (Dhaka-14) and Abdul Jabbar, a former MP, (Satkhira-2).
As per the affidavits of candidates submitted to the Election Commission for the last 10th parliamentary polls, the wealth of the 48 candidates have increased by 363 percent in the last five years while that of ministers by 247 percent; state ministers 459 percent; and deputy leader of parliament, chief whip and whip 1,689 percent; the Prime Minister 46 percent and deputy speaker 238 percent.
Illegal wealth accumulation Bodi vows to quit if proved