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2023-05-16 14:01:08 BdST

HC orders probe into graft allegations against BFF chief Salahuddin, 2 others

The High Court (HC) on Monday ordered an investigation into the allegations of corruption and money laundering against Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Md Salahuddin, senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy and ex-general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

A HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat passed the order after hearing public interest litigation (PIL) over alleged embezzlement of fund provided by FIFA for the BFF.

The court directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit a probe report within four months.

The HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why its inaction in investigating the allegations of corruption and money laundering against the BFF officials should not be declared illegal.

Youth and sports secretary, Bangladesh Bank governor, ACC chairman, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit chief, National Board of Revenue (NBR) chairman, BFF president, senior vice-president and former general secretary were made respondents to the rule.

Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Sumon filed and moved the petition while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan appeared for the ACC and Deputy Attorney General Saifuddin Khaled stood for the state.

Mohammad Saifullah Mamun was a counsel for BFF president Salahuddin and Margub Kabir for ex-general secretary Shohag.

“Today’s order proves that if public money is embezzled, the perpetrators, whoever they are, will be brought to book,” Barrister Sumon told the media after coming out of the court room.

On May 3, Barrister Sumon sent a legal notice to the ACC chairman, seeking probe into the allegations of corruption and embezzlement against the higher authority of the BFF.

As the ACC did not take any initiative in this regard, Barrister Sumon on Sunday filed the PIL with the High Court, seeking an investigation into the allegations.

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