Cheque handover a ‘drama’, an evil attempt: Fakhrul
Koko’s siphoned off money returnNew Age Online
A top BNP leader said Wednesday taking home back the Koko’s siphoned-off money was a staged drama by ruling Awami League to divert peoples’ attention from the ongoing movement on election time government.
BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, the Anti-Corruption Commission two days earlier staged a drama through holding a news conference at a city hotel. They referred to a verdict of a case against Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks at a news briefing at BNP central office this afternoon.
He said the Koko issue being placed before people afresh to humiliate Koko, Khaleda Zia and BNP. He termed it ‘an evil attempt’.
He said the way the award or a big symbolic cheque is given to cricket tournament winner; the Attorney General handed over such a mock cheque to the chairman of ACC in the similar manner.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam handed over a mock cheque of Tk 7.40 crore to ACC chairman Badiuzzman on Tuesday.
The ACC has brought back the remaining Tk 7.40 crore of around Tk 21 crore that Koko and his associate siphoned off to Singapore.
Fakhrul said the matter of Koko case had earlier been discussed and came into media as well as BNP had given its reaction.
Fakhrul reiterated that cases against Koko are totally politically motivated, false and fabricated only to undermine the Zia family and politics of BNP.
He said when people of both home and abroad have been eyeing on the next general election in Bangladesh and how to hold a fair election with participation of all political parties, such an ‘ill-attempt and ill–campaign’ was being carried out to divert public attention from the movement, government’s failure and its corruption.
The BNP acting secretary general condemned it and expressed his hopes that the government would back off.
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