PADMA BRIDGE GRAFT PROBE
ACC to seize Bridges Division documentsAhammad Foyez
An Anti-Corruption Commission investigation team would soon raid the Bridges Division office to seize Padma Bridge project documents, an official told New Age on Monday.
He said that Bridge Division secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam ignored an ACC notice to provide the feasibility study report of Padma Bridge and all the original documents of 13 companies that participated in the bidding appointment of consultants for the project.
The ACC investigation had sent the notice on December asking the Bridge Division secretary to provide the documents in 10 days, he said.
He said the ACC team took the decision to raid the Bridges Division office to seize the documents.
The investigation team requested ACC to bring the diary of SNC-Lavalin official Ramesh Saha, now with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, all email correspondence between officials of the Bridges Division and SNC-Lavalin with the help of World Bank and a neutral evaluation report on all the bidders seeking appointment as the project consultants.
On December 17, ACC filed a case against seven people by dropping the names of fromer communications minister Syed Abul Hossain and former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury from the list of accused in the case of ‘corruption conspiracy’ in the Padma Bridge project.
On December 18, ACC instituted a four-member investigation to probe the ‘corruption conspiracy’ in the Padma Bridge project.
Led by ACC deputy director Abdullah-Al-Jahid, the team includes deputy directors Mir Joynul Abedin Shibli, Ghulam Shahreer Chaudhury and Mirza Zahidul Alam.
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