Dhaka – Bangladesh’s anti-graft watchdog has slapped travel ban on more than 20 ruling party politicians, including two lawmakers, for allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth, officials said on Wednesday.
To prevent potential travel outside the country by the accused, the Anti-Corruption Commission sent a letter to the immigration department of the police for needful actions to this end.
Syed Iqbal Hossain, one of the directors of the commission, sent the letter to the immigration department. He has been investigating the alleged wrong-doing by a section of people with the label of ruling Awami League party.
Officials at the ant-graft watchdog said that ruling party lawmaker Shamsul Haq Chowdhury of Chattogram and Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon of a Bhola constituency are among the ruling party leaders who have been asked not to leave the country.
The government last month began a crackdown on illegal casino business, extortion, corruption and tender tampering at the government offices. A few leaders of the ruling party’s front organization have been arrested as part of the drive and bank account of some others were frozen.
The ACC observed that the accused had been trying to leave the country to evade the ongoing anti-corruption drive. It said some of them believed to have engaged in money laundering.