The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has frozen a total of Tk20.80 crore in the former Cox's Bazar municipality councilor Jabed Kaiser Nobel's bank accounts.
Under the supervision of Deputy-Assistant Director of Chattogram regional ACC office Md Sharif Uddin, a team conducted a drive on Sunday at the Bangladesh Postal Department Cox's Bazar branch and froze a further Tk80 lakh, in addition to the Tk20 crore frozen earlier on September 1.
Deputy-Assistant Director of ACC's Chattogram divisional office Md Sharif Uddin said, the ACC is investigating a land acquisition case of Cox's Bazar district administration. ACC found Cox's Bazar municipalities ex -councilor Jabed Kaiser's involvement in the case.
"Regarding this, Tk20 crore was frozen in various bank accounts of the former councilor. Later, ACC team froze another Tk80 lakh at the Bangladesh Postal Department Cox's Bazar branch," he said.
It has been reported that the money has been procured illegally in the name of so-called intermediary (brokerage) in the land acquisition branch of the district. So the bank accounts in the name of Nobel have been frozen.
The ACC earlier sent letters to various banks from its Chattogram divisional office asking for details of the transactions of 17 people, including Nobel, the head of the 'Brokers Syndicate' of the land acquisition branch.
There have been allegations that land owners have to pay 20 to 30 percent 'commission' at Cox's Bazar district administration's land acquisition branch to get the land acquisition money.
The former councilor and a syndicate used to give loans to the land owners on high interest to pay the commission money in advance.
Former councilor Jabed Kaiser could not be reached for comment as he did not receive phone calls from this correspondent.