Mosharraf admits deleting e-mails on Padma BridgeAhammad Foyez
Former Bridges Division secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, now in jail in connection with the Padma Bridge ‘corruption’, deleted from mail box all his email correspondence with officials of the Canadian construction company SNC-Lavalin.
Earlier, during interrogation by the Anti-Corruption Commission he had denied
the email correspondence with SNC-Lavalin but now he admitted it, an ACC official on Sunday told New Age.
‘Mosharraf deleted all correspondence from his mail box before the allegation of corruption in the Padma Bridge project was brought against him,’ the commission official said.
The official said that the team investigating the ‘corruption conspiracy’ case had asked for assistance from experts for restoring the erased emails.
The team has already sought some help from the commission in its investigation, the official said.
The investigation team also sought to see the diary of SNC Lavalin official Ramesh Saha, which is now kept with Royal Canadian Mounted Police, all email correspondence between officials of Bridges Division and SNC-Lavalin with the help of World Bank and a neutral evaluation report on all who had participated in the tender for appointment of consultants for the project.
The official said that the commission’s probe team had almost completed the investigation on its part but it could not finish the work without help of the World Bank and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The commission has already sought legal help under the mutual legal assistance request (MLAR) several times from the Canadian government through the attorney general’s office, the commission official said.
‘But the commission has not yet received any documents,’ he said.
On December 26, last the ACC arrested Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and superintendent (river training) engineer Quazi M Ferdous in the case of ‘corruption conspiracy’ in the Padma Bridge project.
On December 17, the commission filed a case against seven people with Banani police station, including Mosharraf Hossain and Ferdous, who had already been sent on leave to comply with the World Bank’s conditions.
The probe found that the accused had tried to take illegal financial benefits from SNC-Lavalin, which was tantamount to criminal offence, according to the law of the land.
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