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Graft scam against Suranjit to be investigated: ACC Chairman

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Published on Apr 11, 2012

http://www.shahriar.info (শাহরিয়ারের স্বপ্নবিলাস)
Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Ghulam Rahman on Wednesday said the commission will investigate the allegation of bribe scam against Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta.

"There used to be no investigation into any allegation against ministers in the past, but now the graft watchdog will do," he said while addressing the concluding ceremony of a training programme for the newly-appointed 28 ACC Assistant Directors.

The ACC chairman also said the commission will also conduct investigation into the allegations of corruption in the Padma Bridge project and against Destiny.

Ghulam Rahman urged the newly-appointed ACC officers to sincerely perform their duties and have clear ideas about ACC's rules and regulations so that no bigwig can escape through the loopholes of laws.

Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta received heavy flak from various quarters over the seizure of Tk 70 lakh from his assistant personal secretary's car Monday night and his handling of the matter afterwards.

The parliamentary body on railway ministry and officials of railway and other ministries alleged that Suranjit took the matter very lightly. They questioned how neutral the two probe committees, formed by the minister, would be when an officer of the same ministry is to investigate his subordinates.

Apparently embarrassed, the government and the ruling party leaders are now waiting for the prime minister to return from Turkey and tell them what to do about the scandal.

Meanwhile, the opposition BNP demanded the minister's resignation while the parliamentary body launched a probe into the ministry's handling of tenders over the last three years.

However, the money found in the car is believed to be bribes from railway job seekers.

With Suranjit's assistant personal secretary Omar Faruq Talukder, Railway's General Manager (East) Yusuf Ali Mridha and Divisional Commandant Enamul Huq on board, driver Ali Azam of Faruq's car drove the vehicle into the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters in the capital around 11:30pm Monday and stopped.

When guards at the gate rushed towards the vehicle as it had entered the BGB headquarters without authorisation, the driver told them there was bribe money stashed in the car. The guards discovered Tk 70 lakh in the car and they detained the four.

The BGB personnel wanted to hand them over to police but police refused to receive them, saying there was no case filed against them. Faruq, Yusuf and Enamul were eventually released but the driver is said to be still in BGB custody.

Former vice president of Bangladesh Chhatra League's Janagirnagar University unit, Faruq hails from Sunamganj.

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