Update February 11, 2015

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Anti-Corruption Commission to file charge sheet against Mirza Abbas and 4 others

Sumel Sarker

Dudok

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)

11 February 2015, Nirapad News: Including former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas and State Minister Alamgir Kabir, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is set to file charge sheet against five people, in a case filed over causing the state, loss worth Tk 16 crore.

The ACC findings reveal that the duo during 2001-2006 made the loss to the state by allocating a Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) land to a journalists’ cooperative society at a rate lower than the actual price.

The others accused in the charge sheet are former Joint Secretary of housing and public works ministry Bijon Kanti Sarker, and National Housing Authority (NHA) Cashier Monsur Alam and Assistant Cashier Motiar Rahman.

The commission approved filing of the charge sheet at a meeting yesterday, Public Relation Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya confirmed, the charges would be pressed in a day or two.

The case was filed on March 6 last year with Shahbagh police accusing Alamgir, then NHA deputy director Ajharul Haque, Monsur and Motiar. After investigation, the commission added the name of Mirza Abbas and dropped Ajharul. The anti-graft body interrogated Mirza Abbas on October 12 and 29 last year and quizzed 28 officials including three former chairmen of the NHA. The commission also took statement of incumbent Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan regarding the case as he had been the president of “Jhilmil Multipurpose Cooperatives Society.”

According to the case, Alamgir in 2002 sent a letter to then prime minister Khaleda Zia with a proposal to develop a housing area for journalists, writers, artists and cultural activists, although they never requested him to do so.

In response, Khaleda Zia asked the public works secretary to take further steps in line with the housing policy. Then the junior minister directed the secretary to allocate the land for personal gain.

Without taking permission from the ministry, the accused NHA officials and Alamgir allocated seven acres of land in Mirpur area to Dhaka Journalists’ Cooperatives Ltd at only Tk 3.39 crore against the market value of Tk 19 crore, violating the housing policy (amended) 1993.

“The allocated land was planned for Jhilmil Multipurpose Cooperative Society,”an ACC official said, requesting anonymity.

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