ACC begins probe against 15-20 casino kingpins : ACC chief

DHAKA The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started

probe against 15 to 20 people, who were allegedly involved in casino business

and thereby amassed huge wealth beyond their known sources of income.

ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud told this to the journalists at the ACC

headquarters here today.

Based on the information revealed on mass media, the ACC's own sources and

information provided by other organizations, the anti-graft body has begun

investigation against those people, said the ACC Chairman replying to a

query.

Mahmud, however, told the reporters that the casino business is not

directly a crime under the ACC lawbut the huge wealth amassed beyond one's

known source of income through indulging in casino business is absolutely a

crime under the ACC's jurisdiction.

A group of people has been engaged in running 60 casinos in the capital, he

said citing media reports.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided a series of clandestine casinos set

up inside the sporting clubs in the city in September.

On Sept 18, RAB arrested Dhaka South Jubo League Organizing Secretary

Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan, the man behind the gambling business.

RAB also arrested Dhaka South Jubo League President Ismail Chowdhury Samrat

and his aide Enamul Haque Arman amid allegations of their involvement in

gambling on Sunday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)