DHAKA: A Dhaka court ordered to freeze about Tk 42 crore bank deposits of online news portal bdnews24.com and its Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of senior special judges’ court of Dhaka issued the order as Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted an application in this connection.
The investigating officer and also Deputy Director of the anti-graft body Gulshan Anwar Pradhan submitted the application, alleging Khalidi of amassing wealth beyond known sources of income.
As per the application, Khalidi transferred huge sums of money to bank accounts in his own name and bdnews24.
After hearing, the court ordered to freeze nine fixed deposit (FDR) accounts of bdnews24.com with balance of about Tk 18 crore and 13 FDR accounts in Khalidi’s name with Tk 24 crore.
The investigating officer, however, mentioned Tk 50 crore as total balance of the accounts in the application.
The court, in its order, said no transaction will be made in the accounts for the sake of investigation.
BDST: 1834 HRS, DEC 09, 2019